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


DHB Collective Agreement Proposal To Ballot


DHB Collective Agreement Proposal Referred To Ballot Of Senior Doctors

''A proposal from the 21 district health boards to settle the protracted senior doctor national collective agreement negotiations that commenced in late April has been referred to a secret postal ballot of senior doctors,'' said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. The deadline for the ballot is 4 February.

“The proposal from the DHBs is poor and the Association is recommending that it be rejected. The DHBs are being unrealistic with a proposal that offers minimal advances for periods of time that range between 27 to 40 months, fails to significantly reduce the disparities in employment conditions between DHBs, fails to address recruitment and retention pressure in an internationally competitive employment market, and would mean a loss of some current entitlements for many senior doctors.”

“The negotiations are going through a difficult stage. They nearly collapsed in August but this was averted by the involvement in mediation. Meanwhile senior doctors employed by the Northland DHB have voted not to join the negotiations in response to these difficulties. Northland was the last of the 21 DHB-based votes on whether or not to join the negotiations (the other 20 voted to join).”

“These difficult negotiations have now reached the point when the ‘rubber hits the road’. If senior doctors vote to reject the DHBs’ proposal then mediation will resume in February,” concluded Mr Powell.

Ian Powell


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland