Medical Imaging Technologists take further strike action next week
9/10/2019 10:06:42 a.m.

Thursday 10 October 2019

Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals who are members of the APEX union are planning  two more 24-hour strikes next week, starting at 7am Monday 14 October, ending at 7am Tuesday 15 October, and then again starting 7am Wednesday 16 October ending at 7am Thursday 17 October.

The union covers staff who provide imaging for general radiography, portable theatre, CT, MRI and Fluoroscopy, where a continuous x-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined, so that the body part and its motion can be seen in details.

Ultrasound staff are covered by a separate multi employee collective agreement and as such ultrasound services will be available.

Next week’s planned strike action will be the third and fourth strikes during September/October and will involve a complete withdrawal of labour. Contingency planning is underway for the strike action and Lakes DHB has reached agreement with the APEX union about the provision of Life Preserving Services for both strikes.

Lakes normally has approximately 20 MITs working each day across the two hospitals. Nearly all MITs are union members so most are expected to be involved in the strike action.

Health services that require imaging will need to be significantly reduced for the 24-hour strike.

This means that on the strike days, there will be no planned radiology services including MRI services, no outpatient appointments where imaging is required on the day, and no elective surgery that would normally require imaging. Any patients who will be affected by the scheduled action will be contacted by Lakes DHB staff.

Private radiology providers have been asked to help, and part of the contingency planning involves transportation for those patients who may need to be moved from Rotorua and Taupo hospitals to the private providers, for imaging.

Gary Lees, the Director of Nursing and Midwifery says as with all industrial action, everything will be done to ensure patient safety.

He says medical imaging is an essential part of modern health care and is required for a wide range of patients with injuries and diseases.

For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell Assistant Communications Officer Phone (07) 349 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652