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Hospital’s emergency dept staying open during strike by resident doctors

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) union are to undertake a second strike action around the country. A number of our RMOs who are NZRDA members will withdraw their services during the strike, from 8am on Tuesday to 8am on Thursday.

We have also received notice that the NZRDA will undertake further strike action from 8am on Tuesday 12 February to 8am on Thursday 14 February.

We respect and acknowledge NZRDA and MERAS members’ right to undertake strike action.

Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus. Contingency plans are in place to ensure we can continue to meet patients’ needs during this time.

This involves prioritising essential and acute services over others – meaning some outpatient appointments and elective surgeries have been rescheduled. Affected patients are being notified accordingly.

People who are uncertain about their scheduled appointments or procedures should wait to be contacted, or call 0508 4 CCDHB (0508 4 22342).

The Emergency Department (ED) at Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open during the strike, and we ask people to please remember that ED is for emergencies only.

People with non-urgent ailments or injuries should visit their GP in the first instance. Anyone unsure about whether they need ED care should contact their GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse. In an emergency, call 111.

1 comment:

  1. Kara Lipski, 28. January 2019, 15:32

    if patient safety and wellbeing is the highest focus of the DHBs, then the DHBs must recognise that patients need doctors who are NOT so tired (due to rosters) that they can’t think straight.