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Health workforce matters too – not just physical assets that need urgent attention – ASMS

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Health workforce matters too – not just physical assets that need urgent attention – ASMS

“The Health Minister’s annual ‘letter of expectations’ to the country’s district health boards needs to spell out the importance of fixing longstanding workforce shortages as well as the run-down state of our public hospitals,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The Government is right to look at the […]

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New President and National Executive for senior doctors’ union – ASMS

By   /  March 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New President and National Executive for senior doctors’ union – ASMS

The senior doctors’ union has a new team at the helm. Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), says a new National Executive takes office for a three-year term from 1 April. Canterbury DHB gastroenterologist and clinical pharmacologist Professor Murray Barclay will take over as National President from Tairawhiti DHB […]

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Senior doctors welcome SFO scrutiny of Nigel Murray – ASMS

By   /  November 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The union for senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public hospitals is welcoming news of a Serious Fraud Office inquiry into the spending of former Waikato District Health Board Chief Executive Nigel Murray. “This additional scrutiny of the former Chief Executive’s disgraceful spend-up on the taxpayer’s coin – at least some of which […]

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New Health Minister off to good start – ASMS

By   /  November 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

New Health Minister off to good start with speech to senior doctors’ conference New Health Minister David Clark pressed all the right buttons with his address to senior doctors and dentists this morning,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Dr Clark addressed the ASMS Annual Conference in Wellington, […]

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Time for Waikato DHB Chair to show accountability in spending debacle and resign – ASMS

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Time for Waikato DHB Chair to show accountability in spending debacle and resign – ASMS

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Waikato District Health Board Chair Bob Simcock has to demonstrate accountability by resigning in order to help end the embarrassment over the excessive expenditure by the DHB’s former chief executive, which is only now coming to light,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). […]

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Senior doctors commend Health Minister for seeking answers in dubious Waikato process – ASMS

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors commend Health Minister for seeking answers in dubious Waikato process – ASMS

“The new Health Minister is to be commended for seeking answers to Waikato District Health Board’s dubious decision to spend millions of dollars on a virtual health strategy,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that Health Minister David Clark has expressed concern about […]

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It’s not just housing affected by the TPPA, Prime Minister – ASMS

By   /  October 31, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on It’s not just housing affected by the TPPA, Prime Minister – ASMS

It’s not just housing affected by the TPPA, Prime Minister – don’t forget health “The new Government needs to also keep the potential impact on health in mind as it prepares to take on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement over offshore investment in New Zealand’s housing market,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association […]

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Senior doctors welcome David Clark as new Health Minister – ASMS

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors welcome David Clark as new Health Minister – ASMS

Senior doctors will welcome the appointment of Dr David Clark as the new Minister of Health, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “He has already shown a good grasp of the portfolio while an Opposition MP and we have high hopes that he will be willing to tackle […]

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Political parties need to spell out how they will address burnout of hospital specialists – ASMS

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

“Burnout among hospital specialists providing front-line clinical care in our public hospitals is an important issue that political parties aspiring to be the next government need to address,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We want to hear from the Government on why they let this disaster happen […]

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Shortage of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough DHB part of wider pattern – ASMS

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A survey of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists nearly two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This follows a similar survey of senior doctors at Capital & […]

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Senior doctors back West Coast protest over shoddy funding decisions for new medical facility – ASMS

By   /  August 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors back West Coast protest over shoddy funding decisions for new medical facility – ASMS

“Senior doctors support tomorrow’s protest by West Coast people over the shoddy decision-making and flawed funding model for a new local medical facility,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s not that the facility isn’t needed – it’s about the Government foisting an unwanted public ‘private’ partnership called […]

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Flawed Public Private Partnership model needs to be ruled out for new Dunedin Hospital – ASMS

By   /  August 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Flawed Public Private Partnership model needs to be ruled out for new Dunedin Hospital – ASMS

“A new public hospital for Dunedin is long overdue and very welcome but it needs to be fully funded by the Government instead of allowing private investors to profit at the expense of patient care,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on Health Minister Jonathan […]

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Notifying DHB Chairs of media interest fine as long as it’s not an attempt to control debate – ASMS

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Notifying DHB Chairs of media interest fine as long as it’s not an attempt to control debate – ASMS

“It’s reasonable to expect members of district health boards to tell their Chairs they’re going to talk to the media – but only if time permits and if this ‘heads up’ is not then used to dampen health debate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting […]

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Health funding falls short of what is needed – again – ASMS

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

“The Government’s decision today not to fund public health care to the level needed is a serious blow for New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). A preliminary analysis shows there is a total operational funding shortfall of approximately $300 million.  The budget for district health […]

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Health budget a test of Government’s commitment to public health care – ASMS

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Health budget a test of Government’s commitment to public health care – ASMS

“In a few days we will find out if the Government is prepared to let public health care funding slide even further or if it’s going to give our public hospitals the resources they actually need to look after the health of New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried […]

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DHB being pushed into funding deal that will take money from patient services; full disclosure and independent scrutiny required. – ASMS

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

“The Government is trying to force a public ‘private’ partnership on the West Coast District Health Board that would take money away from patient care and hand it to third party investors,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We’ve learnt that the DHB is being forced to lose […]

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