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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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Privatisation of hospital laboratories

ASMS News 21 November 2014 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is so concerned by plans to privatise the public hospital laboratories at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals in the greater Wellington region that it is taking steps to alert local mayors, district health board chairs and chief executives to the possible consequences. “We want to make sure that the people making decisions about the future of the public hospital laboratories are fully informed about the risks of what they are doing,” says Ian Powell, …

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Air NZ cuts may make health workforce harder to recruit in rural areas

ASMS News 19 November 2014 ASMS media release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) endorses the concerns expressed by rural doctors about the impact of Air New Zealand cuts to regional services. The Chair of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, says Air New Zealand’s decision to suspend some routes and reduce services to others will make it harder to recruit and retain doctors in the more isolated parts of the country. ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says that’s an unforeseen consequence of …

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Private health insurers looking after own interests

ASMS News 17 November 2014 ASMS media release

“All this talk of a worrying decline in private health insurance is just an attempt by the health insurance industry to protect its own commercial interests,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  He was responding to reports of the health insurance industry’s briefing to new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, which warned that older people were increasingly unprepared to take responsibility for their own health care despite a growing need to do so.  The …

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Health Minister commended for dismissing flawed recommendations

ASMS News 14 November 2014 ASMS media release

‘New Zealand’s system of health funding is not unsustainable, despite what Treasury and the Ministry of Health would have the Minister of Health believe,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  “Health Minister Jonathon Coleman is right to have dismissed these recommendations from the Treasury and Ministry of Health, as they are not the answer to the issues the health sector does need to address.”   The full ASMS media release is available here.

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Recognition of prolonged public hospital specialist shortages welcomed

ASMS News 13 November 2014 ASMS media release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has welcomed publication of a Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) report as the organisation’s first official recognition of prolonged medical specialist shortages in public hospitals.  “It reinforces what we have been saying for some time about the vulnerability of hospital specialists.  It’s good to see a government agency acknowledging these issues,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director.  The full media release is here.

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Innovative eHealth idea wins Clinicians’ Challenge

ASMS News 12 November 2014

ASMS member Dr Tom Morton, who’s an emergency physician at Nelson Marlborough DHB, has been named the winner of this year’s Clinicians’ Challenge. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said Dr Morton would receive $10,000 to continue developing his proposal, which aims to use IT to improve health services.  The two runners-up in the competition are also ASMS members.  Dr Coleman’s full media release can be read here.

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Urgent action needed on palliative medicine specialist workforce shortage

ASMS News 11 November 2014 ASMS media release

“New Zealand is desperately short of palliative medicine specialists and faces a crisis in that workforce within five years unless something is done urgently to address the situation,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  The full ASMS media release is available here. Radio New Zealand’s health correspondent Karen Brown filed this report on the situation. The Morning Report programme also interviewed Dr Anne O’Callaghan, the chair of the Palliative Medicine …

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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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