Medical Imaging Technologists strike under way - (Archived)
Monday 30 September 2019 - 1530 hours - Medical Imaging Technologists strike under way
 

Monday 30 September 2019 - 1530 hours

Medical Imaging Technologists strike under way

Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals who are members of the APEX union started their 24-hour strike at 7am this morning.

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 are available.

The strike action involves a complete withdrawal of labour. Lakes would normally have some 20 MITs working each day across the two hospitals. All bar two MITs are union members so most are on strike.

Health services requiring imaging have needed to be significantly reduced for the 24-hour strike. As a result, there are 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 affected by the scheduled action have been contacted by Lakes DHB staff.

Private radiology providers have been asked to help, and some patients in need of x-rays will 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 is being done to ensure patient safety.

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