Counties Manukau Health well prepared for Junior Doctors Strike

Posted by Communications Team on 9 January 2017 |

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Counties Manukau Health has preparations well underway for the proposed strike by Junior Doctors from 7am Tuesday, 17 January 2017 until 8am Friday, 20 January 2017.

“While it is unfortunate that the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association members have elected to continue their strike action, our focus has been on ensuring a high standard of care can continue throughout” said Dr Wilbur Farmilo, acting Chief Medical Officer for Counties Manukau Health.

Counties Manukau Health has had to reschedule a significant number of non-urgent patient appointments and some elective surgery. This includes services provided at Middlemore Hospital, Manukau SuperClinic, Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Botany SuperClinic and Pukekohe Hospital.

“We have been busy contacting people whose appointments need to be rescheduled. We realise this may be disruptive for our patients, but we have limited choice as we focus on urgent and critical care through the strike period” adds Dr Farmilo.

People who have had their appointments rescheduled should have received a letter or text message. If people remain uncertain about their appointments through the strike period they should call 0800 277 1661.

“This continued industrial action is disappointing. We would like to assure all our patients that we are here if you need us. Our Emergency Department will be open. Other medical staff will be available and we will be providing acute services. However during the strike dates, if your condition is not urgent or severe then I would encourage you to please contact your GP in the first instance” said Dr Farmilo.

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Dr Farmilo will be available for media interview on Monday 9 January and Tuesday 10 January. For further information, please contact the Counties Manukau Health Media Line on (09) 250 9857.