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Hospital’s emergency department staying open during doctors’ strike

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 currently undertaking a third strike action around the country. A number of our RMOs who are NZRDA members will withdraw their services during the strike, from 8am today to 8am on Thursday.

We have also received formal notification that NZRDA members will undertake a further strike action from 8am on Tuesday 26 February to 8am on Thursday 28 February.

We respect and acknowledge NZRDA 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. Jude Douglas, 12. February 2019, 12:03

    Surely the pressure us beginning to build and the DHBs must review their intransigent lines about rosters, hours and conditions.It’s not acceptable for this group to be having to work with the current conditions on all levels- patient safety, sustaining a healthy workforce and employment rights. These are new professionals, and as such, like teachers, nurses and lawyers, they need and deserve a supported entry into practice. That way we keep them, they’re able to learn to apply their knowledge in a way that benefits all of us. Kia kaha junior doctors!