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Senior Doctors To Hold Stopwork Meetings


Senior hospital doctors and dentists who are members of
the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists will hold a
series of stopwork meetings next month to discuss their
stalled employment contract negotiations.

Stopworks
will be held at every DHB starting on August 2nd.

ASMS
has been in talks with DHBs since February to negotiate a
new multi-employer collective agreement or MECA, but the
DHBs have failed to put an acceptable offer on the
table.

“We are asking for a very modest pay rise to
simply reflect cost of living increases and inflation, but
the DHBs continue to come back with a zero percent
increase,” says ASMS Executive Director Sarah
Dalton.

“We are very aware of the Government’s
public sector pay restraint advice, but every worker has the
right to at least keep up with inflation and not see their
pay go backwards in real terms.”

Specialists are
fatigued and suffering high levels of burnout as they juggle
entrenched staffing shortages, overflowing hospitals and
overstretched services which cannot keep up with patient
demand. They have also absorbed additional pressures due to
the Covid backlog.

A large part of ASMS’ claim seeks
to improve working conditions and doctor wellbeing to try
and address issues of burnout and safer staffing, but nearly
all have been rejected by the DHBs.

Sarah Dalton says
every New Zealander is aware of our full hospital wards,
treatment delays and difficulty getting access to
services.

“It’s time the Government started
walking the talk on how much we value our health workers and
treat them as an asset instead of a cost”.

“We
need our highly trained and skilled specialists to stay and
support our health system, rather than encouraging them to
up sticks and move to Australia where they can earn up to
60% more”.

ASMS is interested in continuing
negotiations with the DHBs and would urge them to come back
to the table with a genuine offer worth
considering.

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