Lakes DHB hospitals coping on the third day of strike by RMOs
1/05/2019 11:36:08 a.m.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals are coping as they enter the third day of the five-day strike by resident medical officers who are members of the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association. The hospitals were very busy for the first two days of the strike, but are a little quieter today with some beds available.
 
NZRDA members began strike action at 8am on Monday 29 April and will finish at 8am on Saturday 4 May.
 
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.
Only urgent cases will be able to be treated at the emergency departments at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals during this latest strike lasting five days. 

Lakes DHB is as well prepared as possible for the five day strike action. Contingency planning has been on-going for some time to manage the strike action. Some 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 have been continuing to talk to the union to try and settle these negotiations and prevent further 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.
 
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. 

This strike action is the fifth this year by members of the NZ Resident Doctors’ Association. The union called off another strike planned for mid-April due to a technical hitch. Lakes DHB employs some 93 junior doctors, with most of them members of the RDA.
 
Nick Saville-Wood says the DHB is very grateful to everyone who continues to help during the on-going strikes to ensure patient safety and the relatively smooth running of the hospitals.

 

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