Plans in place for junior doctors strike

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Media Release 23 April 2019 |  Counties Manukau District Health Board has full contingency plans in place ahead of planned industrial action by some junior doctors from 8am Monday, 29 April to 8am Saturday, 4 May.

“This week long strike will have an effect on services and our priority is the provision of urgent and acute care to those who really need it.  Our Emergency Department will be fully staffed and we will have the capacity to undertake all acute surgery and medical procedures,” says CM Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gloria Johnson.

“The strike action means that we will need to reschedule many of our non-urgent patient appointments and some of our elective surgery.  We sincerely regret that this is necessary and we apologise to affected patients.

“We will endeavour not to reschedule any more than absolutely necessary, so unless you are contacted by one of our team at Counties Manukau DHB, you should come to your usual scheduled appointment.

“Patients whose appointments have been rescheduled are being contacted directly. We aim to reschedule all appointments to the next available date.

“We apologise to our community who have been impacted by this industrial action.  It is an unfortunate and unavoidable consequence of the strike action undertaken by members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association,” says Dr Johnson.

People who remain uncertain about the impact of this on their care should feel free to call our toll free number 0800 277 1661.

“We would like to assure all our patients that we are here if you need us.  We will have medical staff available and we will continue to provide urgent services through our emergency department,” says Dr Johnson. 

During the five days of the strike, people who experience a condition that is not urgent or severe, should contact their GP in the first instance, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116. More information on The right care for you is also available here.  More information about the DHB strike plans can also be found on the CM Health website.

In an emergency always call 111.

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