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Government returning to failed market approach to health

Press Release – ASMS The Government appears to be sidling back to a market-drive approach to the provision of public hospital services, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).Government stealthily returning to failed market approach to health “The Government appears to be sidling back to a market-drive approach to the provision of public hospital services,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s all happening in the background and largely below the radar, which is of concern, and it really warrants active scrutiny,” he says. “For example, when we look at the Ministry of Health executive restructure announced recently, we note that the functions of the apparently disbanded National Health Board appear to be reduced but there is an increased emphasis on market mechanisms such as tendering through commissioning, and the language of the market – clients and customers.” Details of the Ministry of Health restructure are available at http://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/news-items/ministry-health-executive-leadership-structure-announced. Mr Powell says there are also signs of a return to the failed market health experiments of the 1990s in the updated draft New Zealand Health Strategy. “The Government’s health funding review, whose controversial recommendations were leaked to the media last year, underpins the draft updated health strategy. This strategy document clearly points to a competitive market model of health service provision and opens the doors to...

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Power of balance poised to tip even further

Press Release – ASMS International reports suggest that the latest proposal under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would effectively mean an extra three years of monopolies for biologic medicines, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical …Power of balance poised to tip even further in favour of drug companies International reports suggest that the latest proposal under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would effectively mean an extra three years of monopolies for biologic medicines, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “If correct, this is yet another concerning aspect of the TPPA negotiations and just one more reason why the terms of this trade deal need to be more transparent,” he says. The organisation Public Citizen says a tweaked approach to the impasse over biologics, which are medical products derived from living organisations, is apparently being explored by some TPPA negotiators – but it warns that this approach is flawed: http://www.citizen.org/documents/new-tpp-maneuvering-on-biotetch-drugs-september-2015.pdf It says the United States trade representative has sought minimum eight-year exclusivity periods for biologics, three years more than the current exclusivity periods in many TPPA countries, including New Zealand. “Extending pharmaceutical monopoly over medicines used by New Zealanders just further tips the balance of power away from patients, and it needs to be rejected,” says Mr Powell. Auckland clinical microbiologist and ASMS member Joshua Freeman,...

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ASMS welcomes legal challenge to TPPA secrecy

Press Release – ASMS Todays legal challenge to the secrecy surrounding the Governments negotiations in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is important for safeguarding the interests of New Zealanders, says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the …ASMS welcomes legal challenge to TPPA secrecy Today’s legal challenge to the secrecy surrounding the Government’s negotiations in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is important for safeguarding the interests of New Zealanders, says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “People need to know what the Government is signing up to, especially when there are such widespread concerns about the potential implications of the deal.” The ASMS is one of several applicants to the High Court, asking for a judicial review of Trade Minister Tim Groser’s blanket refusal to release any of the categories of information sought by University of Auckland Professor Jane Kelsey under an Official Information Act request. The other applicants include Consumer NZ, Greenpeace, Oxfam, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the Tertiary Education Union and Ngati Kahungunu. The case is being heard in the High Court at Wellington today. “Senior doctors and dentists working in public hospitals around the country have overwhelmingly expressed concern about the TPPA,” says Angela Belich. “They’re worried the deal will push up the price of medicines and will affect New Zealand’s ability to make decisions that are...

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Senior hospital doctor silenced on TPPA

Press Release – ASMS The Whanganui District Health Board has summoned a senior hospital doctor to a disciplinary meeting because of his views on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists …Whanganui DHB tries to stop senior hospital doctor talking about the TPPA The Whanganui District Health Board has summoned a senior hospital doctor to a disciplinary meeting because of his views on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s outrageous that this health board apparently considers its unacceptable for doctors to express an opinion on matters affecting patients and their ability to deliver the best possible health care to New Zealanders,” he says. “Memo to Whanganui DHB: doctors have a right and in fact a responsibility to speak out publicly on these matters without you trying to shut down the debate. Pull your head in.” The meeting summons followed a TPPA protest in Whanganui last Friday. Emergency medicine specialist Dr Chris Cresswell – who is also the ASMS Whanganui Branch President – took part in the protest, and his comments that the TPPA would have a huge impact on the price of medicine were reported in local media. The DHB wrote to him earlier this week, expressing concern at his “recent views” which, it...

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Achieving Patient-Centred Care Or Floccinaucinihipilfication

Press Release – ASMS Thank you for the opportunity to address you again. As always my comments are personal observations, although in broad terms at least I believe they are consistent with the Associations view on the matters discussed. In this address I would like to …Achieving Patient-Centred Care Or Floccinaucinihipilfication by Ingenious Projectors of Perpetual Motion Believing in Their Own Infallibility [with a Little Help From ‘a Working Man’ And Einstein] Ian Powell Executive Director Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Thank you for the opportunity to address you again. As always my comments are personal observations, although in broad terms at least I believe they are consistent with the Association’s view on the matters discussed. In this address I would like to focus on the theme of whether patient-centred care is to be treated as a slogan or political sound bite, or something worth fighting for and achievable. I am advocating the latter through an interlinked focus on distributive clinical leadership and investment in the district health board specialist workforce. I discuss the performance of leadership in this address. By this I’m referring to those that make higher level decisions and definitely not to those many hard working and able operational managers whose contribution to the quality of our public health service is considerable. The Wisdom of ‘A Working Man’ Recently, as an indication of one of my...

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