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Tararanki District Health Board has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatize its hospital laboratory

Senior doctors are relieved that the Tararanki District Health Board “has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatize its hospital laboratory after dragging its heels on the matter,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “ASMS was taking legal action against Taranaki DHB on this matter with the Employment Relations Authority because the laboratory service is so critical to clinical decision-making of hospital specialists and the provision of quality care to patients. In trying to push privatization through, the DHB breached its engagement obligations under our national collective agreement.”

Source: New Zealand Doctor

Senior doctors welcome the government’s policy decisions not to sell off public assets

Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has welcomed the government’s policy decisions not to sell off public assets. “These two positive statements follow the Government's responsible decision to halt the move to privatize public hospitals through the development of Public Private Partnerships for redevelopment projects in Dunedin, Christchurch and Westport,” said Powell. “These decisions meant that it would be impossible for the dubious and foolish attempt of Taranaki DHB bosses to fully privatize the public hospital laboratory to proceed. The work done by hospital laboratories affects around 70% of clinical decision-making. Minister of Health David Clark's express approval is required for that to go ahead. (…) Taranaki's health bosses surely must realize now that this explicit direction of Government policy on public assets and privatization means that the Health Minister can't possibly approve their laboratory privatization push. We welcome this thwarting of their short-sighted and high risk ambition.”

Source: www.scoop.co.nz

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