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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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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Public hospital specialists welcome new Minister of Health

ASMS News 6 October 2014

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) welcomes the appointment of Dr Jonathan Coleman as the new Minister of Health. “We’re particularly delighted that a medical doctor has been appointed to the position,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell.

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Privatisation of laboratory services not the answer

ASMS News 30 September 2014 ASMS media release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is worried public hospital managers are poised to privatise all or part of the hospital laboratories that look after the health needs of the greater Wellington region. ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards are looking at two options, both of them poor, for the region’s hospital laboratory service.

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Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics

ASMS News 29 September 2014 ASMS media release

“It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

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Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty

ASMS News 26 September 2014 ASMS media release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty. “Dr Hutchison chaired Parliament’s Health Select Committee which produced a very thorough report with specific recommendations to improve the lives of children,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. “This report was notable for achieving cross-party support, which is to the Committee’s – and Dr Hutchison’s – credit. Dr Hutchison would have made a very able cabinet minister.”

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