Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals Coped with 48 Hours of Strike Action
17/01/2019 9:08:41 a.m.

Thursday 17 January 2019

The strike action at Rotorua and Taupo Hospital involving members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA), the union for resident medical officers (RMOs), finished at 7.00am this morning (Thursday 17 January 2019).

The 48 hour strike began at 7am on Tuesday morning and ran for two full days until Thursday morning at 7.00am.

Lakes DHB Acting Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood says Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals coped well during the strike period. He says the DHB is very grateful to everyone in the Lakes DHB area who was involved in ensuring patient safety and the smooth running of the hospitals over the 48 hours of the strike.

“It is because of the dedication and hard work of everyone involved that Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals ran smoothly and our patients received the quality care they needed with no reported issues over the strike period. The support we get from our colleagues across the health sector is also greatly appreciated.”

Lakes DHB staff spent significant time on contingency planning in the weeks leading up to the strike and this has resulted in robust plans and processes for managing strike action, Nick Saville-Wood says.

Nick Saville-Wood says the end of the strike period is not the end of all the work that needs to be done by staff members across the hospitals and health sector. A significant amount of work is being done to ensure patients affected by strike action are rescheduled.

The RDA has served notice for a second period of strike action by RMOs from Tuesday 29 January (8.00am) until Thursday 31 January 2019 (8.00am), which will impact service delivery.

Contingency planning meetings which have been held regularly for several weeks will now continue throughout January in order to ensure all potential issues are identified and addressed.

Lakes DHB apologises to all of the patients who have their healthcare plans affected by the industrial action. Any changes to hospital operations are considered necessary to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, Nick Saville-Wood says.

“Everyone involved has demonstrated a commitment to the health and wellbeing of patients across the Lakes district. Our community can be very proud of its health services and the people who work in them,” Nick Saville-Wood says.

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