ASMS

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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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ASMS members finalists in national technology challenge

ASMS News 7 November 2014

Three ASMS members are finalists in the annual Clinicians’ Challenge, which encourages health professionals to identify ways technology can improve their clinical practice and improve patient outcomes.  The winner will be announced at the Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) conference in Auckland on 11 November. The finalists are: Dr Allister Williams, a consultant physician and nephrologist from Taranaki DHB.  He proposed ‘MyKidneys’ a web-based smartphone app to give people with chronic kidney disease the advice and support they need to …

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Employment Law changes bad for public hospitals

ASMS News 28 October 2014 ASMS media release

“Employment law changes expected to be rushed through Parliament today will be bad for public hospitals,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), today. “The law changes threaten the right to collective agreement negotiations by removing the obligation to conclude negotiations.  It encourages short sighted health bosses to walk away from the bargaining table thereby generating conflict.  Public hospitals perform best when not in a state of conflict. “It also removes the protection …

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Southern DHB needs to hang onto the keys of Queenstown’s hospital

ASMS News 24 October 2014 ASMS media release

“It’s looking more and more as if the Southern DHB’s management is so obsessed with turning around its financial deficit that it’s prepared to throw everything overboard in a bid to stay afloat – even the lifeboats and the passengers,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We’ve very concerned by indications emerging from the DHB that it wants to abrogate its responsibilities by shifting the cost of health services and governance of Queenstown’s …

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ASMS celebrates 25 years of engagement

ASMS News 17 October 2014

Videos from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) special 25th commemorative conference in Wellington in August are now available on the website. These include the presentations by keynote speaker Professor Martin McKee to audiences in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, as well as the addresses by ASMS Foundation President Dr George Downward to the conference and Past President of the NZ Medical Students Association, Dr Michael Chen-Xu. Past presidents of the ASMS also reflect on their time in the role …

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Concerns raised about Southern Region’s services

ASMS News 15 October 2014 Otago Daily Times – Eileen Goodwin

The senior doctors’ union has warned the south may lose services to Christchurch and says the Southern District Health Board is abrogating responsibility for its patients.  Health Board Deputy Chairman, Tim Ward, has denied the just-released draft Strategic Health Services Plan indicates a threat to services – but ASMS Executive Director, Ian Powell, said the draft document points to centralisation of more specialist services in Christchurch, although a lack of specifics made interpretation difficult.  Read the full article here.

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Taranaki DHB commended for collaborative approach to hospital rebuild

ASMS News 14 October 2014 ASMS media statement

“Taranaki District Health Board is to be commended for the excellent way it has worked with senior doctors on the planning and rebuild of the region’s base hospital in New Plymouth,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on news the final stages of the $80 million hospital rebuild has begun, with scaffolding going up in the hospital’s main entrance. “This has been a very big project for everyone involved, including …

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SDHB scapegoats doctors in desperate scramble to fix deficit

ASMS News 14 October 2014 ASMS Media Statement

“The bosses of the troubled Southern District Health Board have turned on their own medical staff as they desperately scramble to save their hides and patch up the region’s deficit,” says Ian Powell, Executive of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He says the DHB’s new draft strategic services plan includes an unprincipled attack on the hospital doctors who diagnose, treat and care for thousands of Otago and Southland patients each year. The full media release can be read

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ASMS acknowledges Chief Executive’s contribution

ASMS News 7 October 2014

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has acknowledged the contribution of the country’s longest-serving district health board chief executive, who has decided to step down from his leadership role.

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Southern DHB needs to broaden approach, says ASMS

ASMS News 7 October 2014

“The narrow focus on deficits at the Southern District Health Board has claimed another casualty with the departure of medical director Dr James Knight,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

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