Few problems so far on second day of RMO strike at Lakes hospitals
30/01/2019 4:28:45 p.m.

Wednesday 30 January 2019 1630 hours update

Few problems so far on second day of RMO strike at Lakes hospitals

The second day of the second strike action by resident medical officers (RMOs) at Rotorua Hospital has continued to run quite smoothly.

The RMOs (doctors from the first years after graduating to registrars in advanced stages of their training) began 48 hours of strike action at 8.00am on Tuesday morning and will finish their strike at 8.00am tomorrow morning, Thursday 31 January 2019.

Most elective services and many outpatient clinics over the two days have been postponed, with Lakes DHB staff contacting affected patients to let them know, and rebook them.

Contingency planning has now begun for a third NZ Resident Doctors’ Association two-day strike planned for 12-13 February. Some 93 RMOs are currently employed by Lakes DHB.

Occupancy across Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals is quite high today, with some beds available at Rotorua and none in Taupo. The patient flow through the emergency departments is going fairly smoothly.

Acting Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood says the efforts of a range of staff including senior doctors, nurses, allied health workers, hospital managers and support staff is really appreciated. He says any decisions about changes to services have been made to allow clinical staff to focus on those in most need.

Urgent cases are able to be dealt with at the Emergency Departments at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals during the industrial action.

People with minor health issues should continue to approach their GP or Lakes PrimeCare in Rotorua as their first port of call. People can also contact Healthline 0800 611 116 for 24/7 advice and information from a registered nurse.