Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Contingency plans kick in as strike commences

Contingency plans kick in as strike commences

Bay of Plenty District Health Board has kick-started its contingency plans to ensure patient and community safety during the Resident Medical Officers (or Junior Doctors) strike, which began at 0700 on Thursday 15 June.

The health board has implemented contingency plans based on all 108 RMOs (96 at Tauranga Hospital and 12 at Whakatane Hospital) striking for five days from 0700 on Thursday 15 June, to 0700 on Tuesday 20 June.

The public is urged to help ease pressure on hospital services during this difficult time by seeing their GP in the first instance for non-urgent medical care. All emergencies will still be dealt with by the hospital’s emergency departments.

The strike has impacted on non-striking staff workloads and the ability to deliver services, however, all life-preserving services are continuing to operate.

Chief Operating Officer Graham Dyer says that some elective surgery has been postponed during the strike period, and there will be a delay for non-urgent treatment at emergency departments.

“All patients in need of life-preserving services will be cared for,” he said.
Elective surgery patients affected by the strike have been notified, and their surgery will be rebooked as soon as possible after the strike.

Approximately 550 (40 in Whakatane, the remainder in Tauranga) people booked for elective surgery or outpatient appointments in the Bay of Plenty have been affected by the five-day strike.

As part of its contingency planning, the health board is working closely with Senior Medical Officers and GPs during the strike to continue to deliver essential services.

The health board is participating in national, regional and local emergency response planning, which caters for both Tauranga and Whakatane Hospitals.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election