Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals prepared for fourth two-day strike by RMOs
22/02/2019 1:30:49 p.m.

Friday 22 February 2019

Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals prepared for fourth two-day strike by RMOs

Lakes DHB is well prepared for the next two-day NZRDA strike by resident medical officers from 8.00am Tuesday 26 February until 8.00am Thursday 28 February.

Lakes DHB employs some 93 junior doctors, with most of them members of the RDA.

Contingency planning is well advanced. Most scheduled surgery has been cancelled, along with many outpatient clinics. Any patients uncertain of the status of their appointment can ring 0800 223 647 to check.

Members of the public may have their healthcare plans affected by ongoing industrial action, and that includes on days OUTSIDE of the actual strike days.

Nick Saville-Wood, Acting Chief Executive says DHBs are continuing to talk to the union to try and settle these negotiations and prevent industrial action.

“Any changes to our hospital operations are considered necessary to ensure that the safety of our patients in need is not compromised,” said Nick Saville-Wood.

Only urgent cases will be able to be dealt with at the emergency departments at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals during this latest 48-hour strike.

Members of the public are being reminded to make their GP their first port of call for minor health issues. People can also contact Healthline 0800 611 116 for advice and information from a trusted registered nurse, 24/7.

Nick Saville-Wood says the DHB very much regrets any inconvenience to patients and says staff are doing all they can to meet the healthcare needs of people in the Lakes DHB area.

Members of the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association went on strike for 48 hours from in mid and late January and then in mid February. Nick Saville-Wood says the DHB is very grateful to everyone who helped during the previous strikes to ensure patient safety and the relatively smooth running of the hospitals.