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‘It feels like being trapped in an abusive relationship’

ASMS News 23 March 2018 ASMS

Bullying prevalence and consequences in the New Zealand senior medical workforce: a cross-sectional study 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: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/3/e020158.full?ijkey=KMizlCY1jMUALJu&keytype=ref. This research was led by ASMS Principal Analyst (Policy and Research) Dr Charlotte Chambers, and was published as a Health Dialogue in November last year: https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ASMS-Health-Dialogue-Bullying-WEB-1.pdf. It has now been published as a report for the BMJ Open, authored jointly …

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Senior doctors welcome Government policy decisions on public assets; thwarts attempt by Taranaki health bosses to privatise hospital laboratory

ASMS News 22 March 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Senior doctors are welcoming reports that the Government won’t be selling off public assets and, by extension, be handing over control of public assets to private interests,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on the release of the Government’s Investment Statement yesterday, which includes a number of hard-hitting comments about the rundown state of the country’s public hospitals and the ability or otherwise to do the maintenance and replacement work …

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Shamefully short deadline for scrutiny of international trade deal

ASMS News 14 March 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The absurdly short deadline for submissions on an international trade deal with far-reaching implications for health delivery in New Zealand shows the Government is not serious about scrutinising the deal properly,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s shameful that people and organisations with considerable concern about the ramifications of the deal have just a fortnight to put their case before Parliament’s decision-makers. As well, it looks as if Labour is backpedalling on …

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Senior doctors remind Government of pre-election support for independent health assessment

ASMS News 1 March 2018 Media Release - ASMS

Senior doctors are reminding the Labour Party of its pre-election support for an independent health impact assessment of the international trade deal formerly known as the TPPA, and asking when it will happen. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) wrote to Trade Minister David Parker in December to follow up on the Labour Party’s pre-election position about the TPPA, which has since been renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). “Hospital specialists, along with other front-line …

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Message about Auckland hospitals struggling to cope will resonate with senior doctors

ASMS News 22 February 2018 By Lydia Schumacher

“The strong message about a public health system at breaking point that Auckland hospital leaders have given politicians will resonate with senior doctors and other front-line staff who deal with the consequences every day,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on reports that hospital bosses from the Auckland district health boards told Parliament’s health select committee that the health system is feeling the pressure of underfunding and population growth, …

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Spend-up shows how out of touch the Ministry of Health has become

ASMS News 7 February 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The huge spend-up by the Ministry of Health’s former Director-General just shows out of touch the Ministry has become with the real world of cash-strapped hospitals and shortages in front line clinical staff,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that Director-General Chai Chuah spent $31,000 on a nine-day course in the United States and $233,258 to fly overseas facilitators to New Zealand to run workshops for Ministry of …

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Senior doctors ask Government for independent health assessment of trade deal

ASMS News 26 January 2018 Media Release - ASMS

Senior doctors have strong concerns about the likely impact of the so-called Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on New Zealanders’ health and health services. “Our analysis of the CPTPP, and a discussion with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry of Health, indicate the need for an independent health impact assessment (HIA) remains as critical as ever,” says Angela Belich, Acting Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The ASMS is among …

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Senior doctors ask Government for independent health assessment of trade deal

ASMS News 21 December 2017 Media Release - ASMS

The union for senior doctors is asking the Government when an independent assessment will be carried out into the health impact of the international trade deal formerly known as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). “This is an important issue for our members and the communities they work with so we’re looking for some clarity from the new Government,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS, the Council of Trade Unions and …

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Senior doctors welcome removal of Chair of Dunedin Hospital rebuild group but more to be done including clinical leadership

ASMS News 8 December 2017 Media Release - ASMS

The union for senior doctors is welcoming the Government’s decision to remove the external Chair of the so-called ‘partnership group’ overseeing the Dunedin Hospital rebuild. But there is more to be done including the need for extensive clinical leadership in the design of patient services and facilities. “It is important that this ‘partnership group’ is not dominated by people with limited local knowledge of the specific health needs of those who will need treatment at the new Dunedin Hospital,” says …

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Senior doctors welcome SFO scrutiny of Nigel Murray’s spending

ASMS News 28 November 2017 Media Release - ASMS

The union for senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public hospitals is welcoming news of a Serious Fraud Office inquiry into the spending of former Waikato District Health Board Chief Executive Nigel Murray. “This additional scrutiny of the former Chief Executive’s disgraceful spend-up on the taxpayer’s coin – at least some of which appears to have been unauthorised – is timely and entirely appropriate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He …

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