ASMS

Working for better health care in New Zealand

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

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Top Global Thinker on Health and Economics to visit New Zealand

ASMS News 16 March 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

One of the world’s leading authorities on the operation of health systems during periods of economic austerity is coming to New Zealand to talk to some of this country’s most senior doctors. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has invited Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to address a special conference being held in Wellington on 26 August to commemorate ASMS’ 25th birthday. “We’re delighted to have Professor McKee with us to share …

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Health Minister’s mixed record; a tale of two health ministers – Good to Disappointing

ASMS News 27 February 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“Tony Ryall’s performance as Health Minister has been mixed. He got off to a very good start but after a couple of years his performance became increasingly disappointing,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was responding to Mr Ryall’s announcement that he would not stand for re-election later this year. “In his first two years Mr Ryall got off to an excellent start with some good initiatives including: Restoring the …

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Entrenched shortages of hospital specialists ignored by Health workforce agency

ASMS News 4 February 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“Health Workforce New Zealand, which was set up to lead the development of the country’s health workforce, has failed dismally to address entrenched shortages of hospital specialists,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. “The agency’s briefing to Parliament’s Health Committee before Christmas, as reported by the Committee, does not even acknowledge the fragile state of the country’s hospital specialist workforce.” The report can be downloaded from https://www.parliament.nz/resource/0002052249. “New Zealand’s widespread …

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Poor Hospital Standards a result of poor government funding

ASMS News 3 February 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“Poor hygiene standards and other shortcomings uncovered by a Ministry of Health audit at Capital & Coast District Health Board are examples of many hidden failings in our public hospitals nationwide,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was referring to the audit obtained under the Official Information Act by the Dominion Post and reported on today. “Nationally we are seeing a rundown of public hospital services caused by continuing government …

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