Lakes DHB Hospitals continue to cope into second day of RMO strike
13/02/2019 3:46:13 p.m.

Wednesday 13 February 2019 16.00 hours update

Lakes DHB Hospitals continue to cope into second day of RMO strike

Lakes DHB has continued to provide essential emergency services during the third 48-hour strike 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 their strike at 8.00am on Tuesday morning and will end it at 8.00am tomorrow, Thursday 14 February 2019.   

The emergency departments at both Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals have been steady in recent days, and the rate of hospital occupancy remains higher than Lakes DHB would prefer during a strike.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery Gary Lees says the planning and support of a range of staff is really appreciated and helps meet the healthcare of people coming to hospital.

He says the DHB has received a few complaints from patients whose appointments or surgeries have had to be postponed because of the strike. He adds that the impact of multiple industrial actions means some appointments and surgeries on NON-strike days have also had to be changed.

Any patients uncertain of the status of their appointment can ring 0800 223 647 to check.

Lakes DHB earlier this week 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.