Actually it is the ASMS who should pull their head in


The Whanganui DHB has been told to “pull its?head in” after they called for a disciplinary meeting with one of their doctors who took it upon himself to sit on the roof of a minister’s car.

Who is telling them to pull their heads in?

The Doctors union of course and the Media Party goes in to bat for the ratbags.

The Whanganui District Health Board has been told to “pull its head in” after summoning a senior hospital doctor to a disciplinary meeting over his part in a Trans-Pacific Partnership protest.

Emergency medicine specialist Chris Cresswell was arrested last week after he climbed on top of Whanganui MP Chester Borrows’ car and sat on it.

Dr Cresswell, who is also the president of the Wanganui branch of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), climbed on to the vehicle in his scrubs and stethoscope during Deputy Prime Minister Bill English’s visit on Friday.

He told the Chronicle his attire was to emphasise doctors also opposed the TPP, as it would have a huge impact on the price of medicine.

He was given a verbal warning by police but not charged.

Protesting is fine but climbing on top of other people’s property is not. ??

This week, however, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) wrote to Dr Cresswell expressing concern at his “recent views” as reported in the Chronicle, ASMS executive director Ian Powell said.

The DHB was worried his views could “damage the reputation of the Whanganui District Health Board”, he said.

Fair enough too.

“It’s outrageous that this health board apparently considers it’s unacceptable for doctors to express an opinion on matters affecting patients and their ability to deliver the best possible health care to New Zealanders,” Mr Powell said.

“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.”

Mr Powell said the letter asked Dr Cresswell to attend a meeting to discuss the concerns, and the letter cited various documents including the DHB’s code of conduct and State Services Commission Standards of Integrity and Conduct.

“Unfortunately, the letter omitted the most relevant document of all, the DHB collective employment agreement signed by all of the DHBs,” Mr Powell said.

“This binding employment agreement includes specific clauses to protect the right of doctors to engage in public debate on matters relevant to their expertise and experience.”

Mr Powell said the ASMS would attend the DHB meeting with Dr Cresswell.

Engaging in public debate does not include wanton vandalism. Yelling loudly and sitting on a ?car roof is not at all relevant to this doctor’s expertise and experience.

“Dr Cresswell is not doing anything out of the ordinary in expressing his concerns about the TPPA, and we will tell the DHB so in no uncertain terms. His views are in the mainstream of the medical profession.

“Doctors throughout the country have expressed concern about the impact of the TPPA and the Government’s secrecy surrounding its negotiations.”

He said the ASMS was unaware of any other DHB “trying to gag senior doctors in the TPPA debate”.

So sitting on the roof of a car, vandalising other people’s property isn’t “out of the ordinary”? He is not being gagged, he is fully entitled to write a letter, start a blog, hold up a sign expressing his protest…but climbing up on top of a car is feral behaviour.

The only people who should be pulling their heads in is this fool Powell from the ASMS and his idiot doctor Cresswell.


– A newspaper