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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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Patient safety progress highlights value of clinical engagement

ASMS News 10 July 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“The progress being made at MidCentral District Health Board to improve patient safety highlights the benefits of clinical engagement,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on the latest report from the Health Quality & Safety Commission, measuring the work DHBs have put in to reduce patient harm in the first three months of this year. The report shows MidCentral DHB is making good progress in preventing surgical site infection, with …

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HBL concerns no surprise to senior doctors

ASMS News 24 June 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“The concerns being expressed about Health Benefits Limited in leaked letters and other documents from senior staff at district health boards will not be a surprise to senior doctors working in public hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “They’re being told many of the same things by their DHB managers privately.” He was commenting on a document obtained by Radio New Zealand which likens Health Benefits Limited (HBL) to a Ponzi scheme …

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Senior doctors welcome development of Southern health plan

ASMS News 18 June 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“Senior doctors welcome Southern District Health Board’s move to engage with the public on a strategic plan for future health services for the southern region,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “While the need to rebuild Dunedin Hospital is urgent, this can’t be done in a vacuum. To work effectively in the interests of the people of Otago and Southland, it needs to be a central part of a strategic plan to identify …

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Best and Worst District Health Boards for Clinical Leadership

ASMS News 17 June 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

Four district health boards (DHBs) need to take urgent remedial action to improve the way they involve senior doctors and dentists in health decision-making, according to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Executive Director Ian Powell says Auckland, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Southern DHBs are at the bottom of the pack when it comes to providing time, opportunities and support for clinical leadership. “There’s a strong message here for chief executives and senior managers running the public hospitals in …

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Waikato DHB should keep looking for Chief Executive

ASMS News 12 June 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“The Waikato District Health Board needs to put the brakes on its negotiations with Nigel Murray and continue searching for a suitable chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The person they appoint to replace Chief Executive Craig Climo will be leading one of the largest health organisations in New Zealand, responsible for running one of the biggest public hospitals in the country, making decisions about the future shape of health services …

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Health Minister fudges situation with cynical use of hospital doctor data

ASMS News 6 June 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“The Minister of Health is fudging the situation when he claims New Zealand’s public hospitals are employing more doctors than ever before,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on media reports in which Health Minister Tony Ryall says more doctors and nurses are being employed in hospitals, the Government is spending more on health and patients have access to more health services. “While the number of hospital specialists has risen …

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Government must listen to surgery professor’s advice that unmet need a national disgrace

ASMS News 3 June 2014 Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director

“The Government needs to listen to and act on the advice of Canterbury Professor of Surgery Philip Bagshaw that unmet patient need for surgery in public hospitals is a national disgrace,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The Government is failing to invest properly in New Zealand’s public health service, especially its hospital specialist workforce. “There’s something inherently wrong when your doctor says you need an operation but you can’t even get on …

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Waikato DHB Review: Constructive rather than damning

ASMS News 30 May 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“The Ministry of Health report on Waikato DHB is a useful critique of its performance rather than the body slam it has been portrayed as,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s been described as a damning report on the DHB but in fact it is a very constructive review of the areas the DHB is doing well in and also where it needs to improve. That’s going to be good information for …

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A lost opportunity – govt failure to invest in health

ASMS News 15 May 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“Today’s health budget contains some positive initiatives that are a step in the right direction but their effects will be undermined by the fact the health system is still facing a funding shortfall of $224 million for the coming year,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We’re very pleased to see initiatives such as extended free doctors’ visits and prescriptions for children under 13, which will undoubtedly make a difference for many people. …

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Budget opportunity for govt to fund health properly

ASMS News 13 May 2014 By Lydia Schumacher

“The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to put money where its mouth is and show how much it really values the health care of New Zealanders,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Our health system needs a significant injection of cash just to maintain the current level of health services, and we know that’s not enough to meet the needs of our communities. If we want to actually improve the health …

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