Lakes DHB Hospitals coping with strikes
12/02/2019 3:38:44 p.m.

Tuesday 12 February 2019 16.00 hours update

Lakes DHB Hospitals coping with strikes

Plans are in place to provide essential emergency services during the third strike action by resident medical officers (RMOs) at Rotorua Hospital. 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 this morning, Tuesday 12 February until 8.00am on Thursday 14 February 2019.

Midwives who are members of MERAS are also striking today for 12 hours until 9.01pm tonight at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals.

The rate of hospital occupancy is higher than the contingency planners would have preferred, going into a strike.
Acting Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood says the planning and support 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.

Staff have contacted patients whose scheduled or planned surgery or outpatient clinic appointment has needed to be cancelled and are working to rebook them.

Lakes DHB has now received notice of a fourth planned strike for 26-28 February. About 93 RMOs are currently employed by Lakes DHB.

Urgent cases are able to be dealt with at the Emergency Departments at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals during the industrial action. People can also contact Healthline 0800 611 116 for 24/7 advice and information from a registered nurse.