Industrial Action by Anaesthetic Technicians
16/01/2019 2:40:43 p.m.

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Anaesthetic technicians, who are members of the Association of Professionals and Executive Employee Inc (APEX), have given Lakes DHB notices of strike action at Rotorua Hospital.

The action will involve a complete withdrawal of labour by anaesthetic technicians from 8.00am on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 until 8.00am on Thursday 24th of January 2019 and from 8.00am on Friday 25 January until 8.00am on Saturday 26 January. This means two-24 hour periods of action with 24 hours between.

On-going strike contingency planning meetings are being held daily at Rotorua Hospital in order to ensure all potential issues are identified and addressed.

Greg Vandergoot, Acting Chief Operating Officer for Lakes DHB says anaesthetic technicians are an integral part of operating theatre teams and any operation requiring a general anaesthetic, must have a technician present.

The planned periods of industrial action will regrettably mean that all elective surgeries originally planned for the periods of the industrial action will need to be rescheduled. Only emergency surgeries will go ahead. All other parts and services at Rotorua Hospital will continue to function as normal. Taupo Hospital will not be affected by the planned action.

Greg Vandergoot says any changes to hospital operations are made to ensure the safety of patients is not compromised. Lakes DHB apologises to those patients whose operations need to be rescheduled and whose healthcare plans will be affected. Lakes DHB is working to contact all affected patients and rebook them as soon as possible.

Lakes DHB is one of a small number of DHBs affected by planned industrial action by anaesthetic technicians who are members of APEX. The DHB employs a total of 11 anaesthetic technicians. An anaesthetic technician assists with the administration and monitoring of anaesthesia and has an extensive knowledge of anaesthesia techniques, instruments, supplies, and technology.

For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell, Assistant Communications Officer Phone extn 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652