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Government fails - again - to invest in health workforce

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:31 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government has failed, yet again, to use its Budget to invest in the health workforce which is the prime source of maintaining and improving the quality of patient care. This leaves hospital specialists to wonder what services might be compromised ... More >>

Government figures mask true level of medical workforce need

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 11:04 am | ASMS

“The Government’s latest figures on the state of the medical workforce overlook one essential fact – New Zealand needs an extra 100 senior doctors every year on top of the modest increases we’re seeing in the health workforce,” says Ian Powell, ... More >>

Bleak winter ahead for dunstan hospital services

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 4:08 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Winter is coming for Dunstan Hospital in central Otago as it faces a $1 million budget shortfall, closure of hospital beds, and staff and service reductions,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

New Health Minister - no pressure!

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:47 am | ASMS

Since the last Industrial Coordination Committee the environment in New Zealand has changed. This includes: More >>

Leading Thinker on Health Systems Returns to New Zealand

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 11:14 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will address senior medical and dental staff in three district health boards next week. More >>

Dunstan Hospital Situation Inevitable - ASMS

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 2:19 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The threatened loss of services at Dunstan Hospital in central Otago is a stark reminder of what’s at stake when district health boards contract out rural hospitals and then abrogate their responsibilities for ensuring they are properly funded,” ... More >>

Senior Doctors Union Welcomes Top Health Appointment

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:26 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Senior Doctors Union Welcomes Top Health Appointment The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) welcomes the appointment of Chai Chuah as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health. More >>

DHB Decision A Bureaucratic Leadership Incompetence Response

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 1:32 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The decision to appoint separate chief executives for the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa district health boards is under the circumstances probably a pragmatic response to bungling top-down bureaucratic decision-making by the top leadership of the two DHBs,” ... More >>

Entrenched specialist shortages affect southern DHB

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 3:59 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The cardiology service at Southern District Health Board is obviously in a vulnerable state if the DHB is being forced to consider sending cardiac MRI patients to private hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Gynae-Oncology Shortage Leaves Service Vulnerable

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 1:50 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“A small number of highly skilled gynaecological oncologists are providing a much-needed specialist health service but they are struggling to cope due to inadequate resourcing,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

Wellington Laboratories Decision Defies Belief

Monday, 9 March 2015, 4:50 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The decision by the three Wellington region district health boards to continue their attempt to put public hospital laboratories in the hands of a private company defies belief,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Predictable Attack on Dental Expert for Highlighting Sugar

Monday, 9 March 2015, 2:56 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“It’s disappointing – but predictable – that one of this country’s foremost dental experts has been attacked for speaking out about a major health problem facing New Zealanders, the over-consumption of sugar,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

Government Must Listen to Dental Expert on Sugary Drink s

Monday, 9 March 2015, 9:01 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

One of this country’s foremost dental experts has spelt out the consequences of New Zealand’s high levels of sugar consumption for children, and the Government needs to listen,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried ... More >>

Gobsmacking Lack of Financial Analysis for Lab Proposal

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:11 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of ... More >>

Senior doctors oppose privatisation of hospital labs

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 10:30 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“A survey of senior doctors employed by two Wellington region district health boards shows they are overwhelmingly opposed to the prospect of privatising their public hospital laboratories,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

Innovative lab initiative may fall under privatisation

Monday, 16 February 2015, 2:08 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Privatising the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories would probably sound the death knell for another, more innovative initiative that district health board chiefs should be considering,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director ... More >>

Specialists And Others Deserve Credit for Patient Survey

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 4:53 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Senior doctors, other health professionals and support staff working in New Zealand’s public hospitals deserve credit for the high levels of satisfaction being recorded by hospital patients,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of ... More >>

Laboratory Specialists Oppose Wellington Privatisation

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:10 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Pathologists and infection control specialists working in the Wellington region’s public hospital laboratories are expressing strong concern about possible privatisation of the laboratory service and the clinical risks that will arise if privatisation ... More >>

Hawke’s bay health boss gets his foot stuck in his mouth

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 5:02 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Hawke’s bay health boss gets his foot stuck in his mouth; surgery recommended to remove it” More >>

Southern health bosses need a new year’s resolution

Monday, 19 January 2015, 7:29 pm | ASMS

“Southern District Health Board bosses need to adopt a New Year’s resolution as they return from their summer break committing themselves to changing their top-down leadership culture,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association ... More >>

 

 

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