Potential Impact of Further Resident Doctors Industrial Action on Patients

Posted by Communications on 9 November 2016 |

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The New Zealand Resident Doctors Association has again rejected an offer in national negotiations and has directed its members to take industrial action.  This is the second time that Resident Doctors who are union members will strike and not be available to work for 48 hours between 7am Wednesday 23 November and 7am Friday 25 November 2016.

It is very unfortunate that this continued industrial action has the potential to impact non-urgent health services offered by Counties Manukau Health.  This includes services provided at Middlemore Hospital, Manukau SuperClinic, Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Botany SuperClinic and Pukekohe Hospital.

All DHBs, including Counties Manukau Health, have contingency plans in place to ensure minimal disruption arising from the industrial action.  Detailed planning is underway to understand how individual patients may be affected.

This does mean we may need to reschedule some of our non-urgent patient appointments and some of our elective surgery.  An update on which health services are impacted will be provided by Tuesday 15 November if not sooner.  Please be aware that some services will be unaffected.

Our priority is communication with patients whose appointments or procedures will need to be rescheduled.  These patients will be contacted directly by Counties Manukau Health staff.

This continued industrial action is disappointing. We would like to assure all our patients that we are here if you need us.  Other medical staff will be available and we will be providing acute services.  However, during the strike dates where your condition is not urgent or severe please contact your GP in the first instance. 

If you have an emergency please call 111.

Dr Gloria Johnson
Chief Medical Officer
Counties Manukau Health