ASMS

We are the union for salaried doctors and dentists.

We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

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ACC proposes slashing medical advisory staffing

ASMS News 23 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

ACC plans to cut its medical advisory staffing by almost 20%, says Lloyd Woods, Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Staff in ACC’s clinical services directorate have been invited to briefings on proposed changes that will see a significant reduction in the number of medical advisors. It’s fair to say they’re gob-smacked by this flawed proposal, and dismayed by the potential implications if ACC goes ahead with it.” ASMS represents most of the medical advisors …

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Reports highlight appalling failure of hospital specialist workforce planning; more specialist positions desperately needed

ASMS News 21 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Reports that much-needed medical graduates from overseas are unable to find jobs in New Zealand highlight the appalling failure of workforce planning for hospital specialist positions by the Government’s agency Health Workforce New Zealand and district health boards,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that overseas trained doctors are finding it difficult to compete with New Zealand and Australian medical graduates in the job market (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/103932802/foreign-doctors-struggling-to-get-jobs-in-new-zealand). Preliminary …

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Some Budget relief for public health in sight but a lot more needed

ASMS News 17 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The Government’s health budget revealed today offers some relief to the cash-strapped public health system but clearly much more will be required to reverse years of under-resourcing,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s a positive first step, however, and senior doctors and dentists will particularly welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the burden they and other health professionals have been carrying during years of under-funding, workforce shortages, and increased workloads.” …

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Fingers crossed for the budget our public hospitals desperately need, say senior doctors

ASMS News 15 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Public hospital specialists are desperately hoping the first Budget from the new coalition government will make a real difference to waiting lists, high levels of unmet health needs and the increasingly bare cupboards,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The Council of Trade Unions and ASMS have released a joint analysis of the levels of funding required in Thursday’s Budget to maintain public health services at both their existing levels …

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Senior doctors welcome Government decision ruling out PPP for Dunedin

ASMS News 14 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Senior doctors and dentists will be pleased the Government is taking a sensible approach to the Dunedin Hospital rebuild by ruling out private investment,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on news that Health Minister David Clark sought – and was granted –  Cabinet dispensation to rule out a public-private partnership for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild (https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/health/cabinet-dispensation-required-reject-partnership-model). “Public-private partnerships don’t have a great track record overseas, as the …

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Call to abolish capital charges on DHBs

ASMS News 14 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

Capital charges on the country’s district health boards should be scrapped, says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research for the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Capital charges are imposing significant extra costs on hospitals that are already cash-strapped and creating additional safety risks in the delivery of health services,” he says. ASMS has published a Research Brief looking at the impact and future of capital charges on DHBs, available online at https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Research-Brief-Capital-Charge_169877.2.pdf. The paper describes how every …

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Hospital administration staff essential to smooth running of hospitals

ASMS News 19 April 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Administration and clerical staff working in public hospitals provide essential support to front line clinical staff, including senior doctors and dentists, and need to be paid fairly,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on reports that Public Service Association members who work in administration and clerical positions at district health boards are raising an equal pay claim with their employers (https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/103196585/district-health-board-admin-and-clerical-staff-raise-equal-pay-claim). Ms Belich noted the PSA’s comments that …

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Threat to New Zealand’s public health services re-emerges with prospect of US involvement in trade deal

ASMS News 13 April 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“New Zealand has further cause to worry about the implications for our health system with the news that the US President is considering rejoining the international trade deal formerly known as the TPPA,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on media reports that Donald Trump has asked his advisors to look into rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPATPP) (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/354930/trump-to-take-another-look-at-tpp-disaster). Senior doctors have repeatedly called for …

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New President and National Executive for senior doctors’ union

ASMS News 3 April 2018 Media Release - ASMS

The senior doctors’ union has a new team at the helm. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says a new National Executive takes office for a three-year term from 1 April. Canterbury DHB gastroenterologist and clinical pharmacologist Professor Murray Barclay will take over as National President from Tairawhiti DHB paediatrician Dr Hein Stander. The confirmed list of office holders and regional representatives on the National Executive is: National President Murray Barclay (gastroenterologist and clinical …

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ASMS research on bullying published in BMJ Open

ASMS News 26 March 2018 Media Release - ASMS

Ground-breaking ASMS research into the prevalence and consequences of bullying within New Zealand’s senior medical workforce has been published in the BMJ Open, a journal for medical researchers around the world. “Publication in a respected journal of this type acknowledges the rigour and value of the research carried out by ASMS into an issue that has such a big impact on the working lives of senior doctors in New Zealand,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried …

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