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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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Auckland DHB needs to come clean about its cost cutting intentions, says ASMS

ASMS News 20 March 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

The ASMS is calling on the chief executive of the district health board responsible for the country’s biggest public hospital needs to come clean about any intentions to cut medical staffing costs. “We’re extremely concerned by an email from Auckland District Health Board Chief Executive Ailsa Claire to senior managers and clinical leaders which strongly suggests drastic cost-cutting and job losses are being considered,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. To read the full text of the Auckland DHB …

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Cackhanded Management of Public Hospital Waiting Lists

ASMS News 18 March 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

An article published today about a woman’s struggle to get onto a waiting list for much-needed surgery once more highlights the Government’s cackhanded management of hospital waiting lists, says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. Wellington customer services worker Maree Drumm has a painful cyst the size of a tennis ball behind her knee and can’t sleep more than a few hours each night – yet she is unable to get onto

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