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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  /  No Comments

“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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Public hospital senior doctor numbers still too low despite Government spin – ASMS

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Public hospital senior doctor numbers still too low despite Government spin – ASMS

The number of senior doctors working in our public hospitals is not enough for the level of health care needed out in the community, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Every now and then the Government points to increases in the number of doctors and nurses as evidence […]

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Health bosses happy to receive, less willing to give – ASMS

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Health bosses happy to receive, less willing to give – ASMS

“The latest report on district health board chief executive salaries shows that health bosses are continuing to get higher pay rises than they’re prepared to give others,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Once again we’re seeing that the level of pay rises being handed to the people […]

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Deafening clamour from alarm bells going off in the public health sector – ASMS

By   /  December 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

“How many times do alarm bells have to go off in the public health sector before the Government and hospital bosses sit up and take notice,” asks Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Writing in the latest issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, he points to a myriad […]

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Syphilis findings highlight need for well-resourced sexual health service – ASMS

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Syphilis findings highlight need for well-resourced sexual health service – ASMS

“A report on a syphilis outbreak in the Auckland region highlights the need for a properly resourced sexual health service there,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on a New Zealand Medical Journal article by Dr Sunita Azariah, reported in the media, that the number […]

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Medical students and senior doctors call for greater investment in medical workforce – ASMS

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Medical students and senior doctors call for greater investment in medical workforce – ASMS

The organisations representing both medical students and senior hospital doctors are calling for a greater focus on building a sustainable future medical workforce. The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) have put out a joint statement urging more investment in the current and future medical workforce to […]

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Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays – ASMS

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Bad look for Waikato DHB over expense disclosure delays – ASMS

“It’s a bad look for Waikato District Health Board to be dragging the chain on disclosing the expenses of its chief executive,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that the State Services Commission is “disappointed” that Waikato DHB has not disclosed Chief Executive […]

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Unjustified hurtful attack on southern radiologists – ASMS

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unjustified hurtful attack on southern radiologists – ASMS

“The criticism of radiologists at Southern District Health Board was an unjustified attack,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that Southern DHB’s medical director of radiology had criticised long delays for ultrasound at Southland Hospital and had also described dealing with the DHB’s […]

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Health targets are a poor barometer of the public health system – ASMS

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

“The national health targets are a poor barometer of how well the public health system is serving patients and their communities, despite the rhetoric coming from the Government,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was responding to the latest quarterly report on the Government’s health targets, and […]

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Senior doctors urged to speak out for patients missing out on health care – ASMS

By   /  November 20, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Senior doctors urged to speak out for patients missing out on health care – ASMS

Christchurch surgeon Associate Professor Phil Bagshaw, who chairs the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust, is calling on doctors to actively speak out for their patients who are missing out on much-needed health care and for the provision of a quality public health system. He told delegates at the annual conference of the Association of Salaried Medical […]

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Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal happening in slow motion in NZ – ASMS

By   /  November 17, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal happening in slow motion in NZ – ASMS

The Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal is happening in slow motion in New Zealand, says Dr Hein Stander, the President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The severe compromising of patient care at Stafford Hospital in the UK, run by the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has been labelled one of the worst hospital scandals in […]

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Need for urgent action to relieve pressures on ophthalmology service – ASMS

By   /  November 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Need for urgent action to relieve pressures on ophthalmology service – ASMS

“The unnecessary loss of eyesight by people waiting too long for appointments is a terrible reminder of what happens when a service is not adequately resourced,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on the news that 30 patients suffered partial loss of sight in 2015-16 […]

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‘Loss of a compassionate warrior’ – ASMS

By   /  October 14, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on ‘Loss of a compassionate warrior’ – ASMS

The loss of a compassionate warrior “Helen Kelly was a compassionate warrior who fought for the rights of ordinary working New Zealanders, and she will be greatly missed,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Her death is an enormous loss both to the union movement she led so […]

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The human faces of medicine – doctors draw deep from their experiences – ASMS

By   /  October 4, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on The human faces of medicine – doctors draw deep from their experiences – ASMS

New Zealand’s doctors are writing from the heart in an innovative online project that shows what it is really like to practise medicine. For the past year the Medicine Stories Project, supported by the ASMS, has been quietly collecting the stories and poems and personal reflections of doctors around the country, and curating them online […]

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