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Unions criticise Taranaki DHB for ‘shambolic’ process over Taranaki lab

Other News 11 June 2018 KIRSTY MCMURRAY - Taranaki Daily News

Plans for Taranaki’s new medical laboratory are up in the air and two unions have slated the health board’s handling of the situation as “shambolic” and “foolish.” On Friday the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) confirmed they were revisiting their plans for the new, purpose-built lab run by a single, private provider after a change in government policy. Medical laboratory workers’ union APEX’s national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said the DHB’s attempt to set up the new lab had been a mess from the beginning. “It comes after …

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Health board raises concerns over Christchurch Hospital service failure risk

Other News 11 June 2018 CATE BROUGHTON - Stuff

A two-year delay by the Ministry of Health to develop facilities at Christchurch Hospital has created a risk of service failure, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) members say. The board’s frustrations were made clear in resolutions from a publicly excluded March meeting to discuss a ministry-commissioned business case for the development of hospital facilities. Among the resolutions released to Stuff, it was noted quake-related repairs had not been undertaken and when the acute services building opens in September 2019, Canterbury will be left with both a bed and …

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Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings

Other News 7 June 2018 Caprice C. Greenberg, Presidential Address - Academic Surgical Congress

With the increased diversity of our surgical workforce, we must examine our current practices and ensure that we are allowing for unbiased equality in career advancement. Empirical data identifying the underlying forces driving inequities will be examined, as will successful practices that have mitigated these issues in other disciplines. An important opportunity exists in the increasing diversification of the surgical career path, which requires a personalization of surgical careers that has not been traditionally afforded. The central role of culture …

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Taranaki DHB laboratory privatisation bid ditched; well done Health Minister

ASMS News 7 June 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“Senior doctors are delighted the DHB has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatise its hospital laboratory after dragging its heels on the matter,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The DHB was foolish to even consider privatisation in the first place and it certainly should have seen the writing on the wall after clear signals from the new Labour coalition government that it would not be handing over control of …

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The Medical Council’s latest workforce survey is now available online

Other News 7 June 2018 Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council’s latest workforce survey is now available online. The report presents the results of the Medical Council of New Zealand workforce surveys for 2016. It contains information about changes in the medical workforce including retention rates for doctors. Read the report here:

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Clinical Chief Advisor for Primary Health Care

Other News 7 June 2018 Media Release - Ministry of Health

Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased to announce the appointment of the Ministry of Health’s new Clinical Chief Advisor with a focus on primary health care. “New Zealand-trained public health physician and epidemiologist, Dr Juliet Rumball-Smith, will bring a diverse range of skills and more than 17 years of sector experience that will contribute significantly to the Ministry’s work in primary health care,” says Dr Simpson. “Dr Rumball-Smith was an outstanding applicant for this position. Her impressive background …

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ACC review of organisational culture needs to be open and transparent

ASMS News 31 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

The senior doctors’ union is calling for a review into the conduct of ACC’s chief executive and the organisation’s culture to be open and transparent. “Our members are pleased a review is being carried out but they will be disappointed that it’s happening behind closed doors,” says Lloyd Woods, Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports of the secretive review by Queen’s Counsel Hugh Rennie ( News of the review …

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Health Minister’s Letter of expectations to health bosses a missed opportunity to address workforce crisis

ASMS News 28 May 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“The Health Minister has given hospital bosses a clear signal about the Government’s health priorities but has missed an opportunity to focus on one of the main ways to achieve those priorities – the specialist workforce in our public hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on Health Minister David Clark’s first annual letter of expectations to the chairs of the country’s 20 district health boards and their subsidiary entities …

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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 ( Preliminary …

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