Medical Council closes Willis Street office, after earthquake risk assessment

Press Release – Medical Council of New Zealand
The Medical Council office in Wellington has been closed with immediate effect because the 13-storey building it occupies does not meet earthquake building codes.

After the Seddon/Wellington earthquakes in July and August, the Council understood that the building was 70 percent compliant. Yesterday afternoon, the Council was advised following a full engineering report that the building was just 40 percent compliant.

The safety and well being of staff is Council’s primary concern and for this reason the decision has been taken to close the top-floor office with immediate effect.

Council staff are currently working to minimise disruption to core services such as health, registration and professional standards between now and Monday, 6 January 2014 by establishing temporary workplaces or enabling staff to work from home.

We would ask for your understanding and patience in the coming weeks while we reestablish our office elsewhere in Wellington.

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