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Shortage of Paediatric Surgeons

Friday, 26 June 2015, 9:17 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Paediatric surgeons are struggling to keep up with the level of need in New Zealand’s communities, and are working short-handed,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

ASMS Urges Government to Better Support, Not Punish DHB

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 3:12 pm | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Canterbury District Health Board has an enormous amount of work on its plate due to the prolonged impact of the devastation of the earthquakes and not enough money to do it – but it also has some of the best DHB leadership in the country,” says ... More >>

ASMS Support for Reseaarch into Unmet Health Need

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 9:09 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand’s public hospitals is throwing its weight behind a research project to measure the true extent of unmet adult health need in this country. More >>

TPPA document release shows pharmac will be undermined

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 9:09 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Government has serious questions to answer about how it plans to protect the country’s drugs-buying agency, Pharmac, following the release of a significant Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) document,” says Ian Powell, Executive ... More >>

ASMS welcomes HDC appointment

Friday, 5 June 2015, 1:12 pm | ASMS

“The ASMS welcomes the reappointment of Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill for a second term,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). More >>

Rural hospitals’ services vulnerable

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:12 am | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The Southern District Health Board’s efforts to tighten its financial belt are clearly going to have very serious consequences for rural hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ... More >>

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 >>

 

 

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