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Acute demand driving deficits

By   /  June 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, DJF, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Acute demand driving deficits

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Pressuring District Health Boards to reduce their deficits will exacerbate the critical shortfall being experienced in public hospitals dealing with significant increased acute demand, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Health Minister David Clark acknowledges DHBs are under pressure but says he […]

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Health budget barely maintains the status quo

By   /  May 30, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Health budget barely maintains the status quo

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists “On initial analysis of the increase for health in today’s Budget is virtually enough to maintain the current level of service overall but district health board funding falls short by around $300 million,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research for the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). […]

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Health $3.2 billion under-funded since 2009/10

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Health $3.2 billion under-funded since 2009/10

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists A pre-budget analysis conducted by the Council of Trade Unions and Association of Salaried Medical Specialists has highlighted a vast spending shortfall in health since 2009/2010. For the Health Vote to regain the spending power of the 2009/10 Health Vote and pay for the initiatives and additional costs announced […]

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Doctor unions embrace common approach to issues arising from safer rostering efforts

By   /  May 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Doctor unions embrace common approach to issues arising from safer rostering efforts

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists The two unions representing doctors in public hospitals have agreed on a common approach to addressing any problems arising from efforts to secure safer staffing rosters for resident (junior) doctors. The senior doctors’ union, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), and the union representing junior doctors, the New […]

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Bitter dispute could have unintended consequences for senior medical workforce

By   /  April 30, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Bitter dispute could have unintended consequences for senior medical workforce

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists A winner-takes-all approach in the acrimonious junior doctor dispute could have the unintended effect of making hospital specialists think twice about district health boards as employers of choice, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He backed comments by Middlemore Hospital intensive care […]

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Removal of pathologists from long-term skills shortage list unwise

By   /  April 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Removal of pathologists from long-term skills shortage list unwise

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists The senior doctors’ union says its concerns about the immigration status of pathologists have been acknowledged but the Government’s response falls well short of what is needed. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has written to acknowledge the […]

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Hospital specialists congratulate midwives on accord – and ask: what about us?

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Hospital specialists congratulate midwives on accord – and ask: what about us?

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists “Hospital midwives are to be congratulated for successfully negotiating a safer staffing accord – and now it’s the turn of hospital specialists to have a similar agreement with the Government to address the serious workforce issues they’re dealing with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried […]

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Phew!

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Phew!

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Phew is the reaction from Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) to the news that the Employment Relations Authority will undertake a ‘facilitation’ of the long-running toxic industrial dispute between the 20 district health boards (DHBs) and the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) representing […]

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Senior doctors pleased health review chief understands importance of workforce

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors pleased health review chief understands importance of workforce

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists A focus on workforce in the Health and Disability System Review has been welcomed by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), but it cautions against any unsettling industrial changes. In an interview with The Specialist, the quarterly magazine produced by ASMS, review panel Chair Heather Simpson suggests it […]

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DHBs urged to address hospital specialist burnout

By   /  April 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on DHBs urged to address hospital specialist burnout

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Stress, fatigue, and overwork are taking a toll on New Zealand’s public hospital specialists and District Health Boards need to do much more to support them, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Executive Director Ian Powell says. Research conducted by ASMS in 2016 revealed a 50% burnout rate among […]

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More questions than answers

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on More questions than answers

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists The Mental Health and Addiction inquiry report has laudable aims but lacks detail about implementation and side-lines those who work in the sector, says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) Published in ASMS magazine The Specialist on page 17-18, Mr […]

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Acute hospital admissions grow despite increased use of GP services

By   /  March 27, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Acute hospital admissions grow despite increased use of GP services

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Acute hospital admissions are increasing well above the population growth rate despite increased use of general practice (GP) services, says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research for the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This is one of the findings of an ASMS Research Brief looking at whether […]

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Hospital specialist among the victims of Christchurch shooting

By   /  March 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Hospital specialist among the victims of Christchurch shooting

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ASMS is saddened to report that one of our members, Dr Amjad Hamid, died in Friday’s mass shooting in Christchurch. Stuff website reports that Amjad Hamid, 57, was an SMO and rural hospital consultant at Hawera Hospital. Prior to that he was a senior doctor with a special interest […]

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Senior doctors’ union acknowledges contribution of Waikato’s interim health chief

By   /  March 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors’ union acknowledges contribution of Waikato’s interim health chief

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists The senior doctors’ union says departing Waikato District Health Board interim chief Derek Wright provided much-needed stability in the wake of the Nigel Murray scandal. “The DHB desperately needed a steady pair of hands at the helm after former Chief Executive Nigel Murray left in disgrace,” says Ian Powell, […]

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Senior doctors urge Government to address chronic pain burden

By   /  March 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors urge Government to address chronic pain burden

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists “The Government needs to make sure the public health system has enough specialists to treat chronic pain to relieve the burden of suffering for patients and their families,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on new research published […]

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Senior doctors welcome new Medical Council Chair

By   /  February 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors welcome new Medical Council Chair

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists The senior doctors’ union welcomes the election of Dr Curtis Walker as the Medical Council’s new chair. The Medical Council of New Zealand announced yesterday that Dr Walker, a renal and general physician at MidCentral District Health Board, is to take over the role from Auckland surgeon Andrew Connolly […]

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Opinion: Ian Powell – Leadership needed on safe staffing

By   /  February 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Opinion: Ian Powell – Leadership needed on safe staffing

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists When Health Minister David Clark was publicly criticised for dropping a requirement on his health ministry to publish the results of a set of narrow and misleading health targets in public hospitals, I defended him. The Minister’s decision to drop this reporting showed a willingness to engage in a […]

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Hospital specialists under increasing pressure due to under-estimated strength of strikes

By   /  February 4, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Hospital specialists under increasing pressure due to under-estimated strength of strikes

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists “Health bosses have under-estimated both the level of support for the ongoing strikes by resident (junior) doctors and the impact on hospital specialists who are shouldering heavy workloads as a result,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Resident medical officers (RMOs) who […]

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Solution to district health board financial deficits rests with the Government

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, ASMS News, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, Business, DJF, Employment Issues, FifthEstate1, Health, Health & Wellbeing, health care, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Solution to district health board financial deficits rests with the Government

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists “The solution to district health boards’ financial deficits rests with the Government.” This was response to the published report that almost all DHBs were tracking towards financial deficits for the financial year ending 30 June from Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Read the […]

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