Lakes DHB hospitals calm for first few hours of fourth RMO strike
26/02/2019 11:09:45 a.m.

Tuesday 26 February 2019 11.30am update

Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals are busy but calm for the first few hours of the fourth strike action by resident medical officers (RMOs) which began this morning at 8.00am. Plans are in place to provide essential emergency services during the fourth strike.
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 26 February until 8.00am on Thursday 28 February 2019. 

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. Contingency planning focuses on ensuring the continuing provision of essential emergency services including acute surgery, emergency department care, intensive care, and maternity care. 

Most elective services and many outpatient clinics have been postponed, with Lakes DHB staff contacting affected patients to let them know, and rebook them. Any patients uncertain of the status of their appointment can ring 0800 223 647 to check.
This fourth strike involves a complete withdrawal of labour by members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA), the union for resident medical officers. 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 should ensure they are up to date with their prescriptions and other requirements, and if they get into difficulty they should make their GP or Lakes PrimeCare their first port of call.
People can also contact Healthline 0800 611 116 for 24/7 advice and information from a registered nurse.


For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell, Assistant Communications Officer Phone extn 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652