Planning under way for second strike
Contingency planning is well under way at MidCentral DHB (MDHB) for a second intended 48-hour strike by Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZDRA).
The proposed strike is part of a national period of industrial action by RMOs and will take place from 8am on Tuesday, 29 January through to 8am on Thursday, 31 January.
MDHB acting chief executive Celina Eves says planning is well under way to ensure patient safety is maintained and DHB services run as smoothly as possible, both during and directly after the strike period.
Ms Eves said: “While emergency and acute services will continue as normal, planned treatment will proceed only where it is safe for patients and staff. Some elective services such as operations, procedures and outpatient clinics will be impacted during and immediately following the strike action.”
“We ask that people keep the emergency department free for emergencies. If your health condition is not an emergency, there are several other options including Healthline, your general practice team and the district’s after-hours services. A list of these options is available under the strike section of our website www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz”
Patients who have appointments affected by the strike will be contacted directly and an alternative appointment time arranged. Unless contacted, patients who have a scheduled appointment during the strike period should still come for their appointment or surgery. Any postponed appointments will be rebooked as soon as possible.
“The patience and understanding from members of the public during the first RMO strike was very much appreciated, and we sincerely hope this goodwill extends to any further industrial action.”
If unsure, a freephone 0800 PNHOSP (764 677) is available for any questions and further information. Updates and further advice with regards to the location of acute clinics and treatment options is also available from the MDHB website: www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz