News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


NZMA alarmed at industrial situation

2 November, 2007

NZMA alarmed at industrial situation

The New Zealand Medical Association today expressed alarm that the industrial situation in the public hospital sector has deteriorated to the stage where ASMS, the senior hospital doctors' union, feels forced to take the unprecedented step of holding a ballot on limited industrial action.

NZMA Chairman Dr Peter Foley said: "All doctors are appalled that the Government has stood back and allowed the situation to get to this stage. The Minister, Ministry of Health, and the DHBs set the environment in which doctors work and they have shown that they do not value the profession's critical role in the delivery of health care.

"As major employers, we would expect the DHBs to show greater respect to their workforce, which is already under huge stress."

Dr Foley said: "This is another blow to the medical workforce, which is in a state of crisis. The new Minister of Health, David Cunliffe, needs to address these issues as his first priority. The NZMA and other medical organisations are ready to assist him."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland