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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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Senior doctors welcome David Clark as new Health Minister

ASMS News 25 October 2017 Media Release - ASMS

Senior doctors will welcome the appointment of Dr David Clark as the new Minister of Health, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “He has already shown a good grasp of the portfolio while an Opposition MP and we have high hopes that he will be willing to tackle the challenges facing public health. These include years of significant under-resourcing of public hospitals, longstanding shortages of senior medical specialists, a high level of unmet …

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Canty DHB’s collaboration throws shade on Auckland leadership’s market model

ASMS News 11 October 2017 Ian Powell for New Zealand Doctor

Does your DHB transact with other organisations, or does it form relationships? Ian Powell of ASMS believes the relational approach helps Canterbury DHB succeed, and avoid the sorts of disputes now surrounding after-hours provision in Auckland In broad terms, DHBs can function in two ways – relationally or contractually. The relational approach is evidenced by Canterbury DHB, and is most obvious in its community–hospital health pathways, sometimes known as the Canterbury Initiative. The other is contractualism, a legacy of the …

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Significant shortage of senior doctors at struggling Counties Manukau DHB, survey finds

ASMS News 10 October 2017 Media Release - ASMS

A survey of Counties Manukau District Health Board reveals a significant shortfall of senior hospital specialists, more than two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says the results of the ASMS survey are very concerning and stand in stark contrast to reports the DHB is considering voluntary redundancies (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/340369/counties-manukau-dhb-offers-voluntary-redundancies and http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11927279). “We have an extraordinary situation where senior hospital doctors …

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Senior doctors applaud strong statement on public health investment

ASMS News 29 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

Senior doctors are welcoming a strong position statement from the New Zealand Medical Association on the value of investing in public health. “Health obviously matters for the quality of life New Zealanders experience – and it also offers direct financial benefits that are sometimes overlooked,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on a position statement published by the New Zealand Medical Association, which advocates investing in health rather than viewing …

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Political parties need to spell out how they will address burnout of hospital specialists

ASMS News 19 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

“Burnout among senior doctors providing front-line clinical care in our public hospitals is an important issue that political parties aspiring to be the next government need to address,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We want to hear from the Government on why they let this disaster happen and what they and the political parties lining up to form a new government after the election intend to do about both burnout and the …

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Shortage of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough DHB part of wider pattern

ASMS News 18 September 2017 Media Release - ASMS

A survey of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists nearly two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This follows a similar survey of senior doctors at Capital & Coast DHB, released last week, which also recorded significant shortages (https://www.asms.org.nz/news/asms-news/2017/09/11/survey-reveals-significant-shortfall-senior-doctors-capital-coast-dhb/). “We’re seeing an ongoing pattern of significant but largely invisible shortages in the …

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