Doctors strikes at ADHB
Auckland District Health Board is assuring the public they’ll still be able to access healthcare during the planned resident doctors strikes.
Strike notices were issued to all 20 District Health Boards on October 3, New Zealand Resident Doctors Association national secretary Deborah Powell says.
From 7am on October 18, 3200 resident doctors across the country will walk off the job for 48 hours.
The NZRDA is calling for better working hours and changes to rosters.
The two parties have been in negotiations since January.
The NZRDA wants the maximum number of days worked in a row cut down from 12 to 10, and the number of night shifts reduced from seven to four.
A spokesperson for the district health board says around 55 per cent of the residents doctors at ADHB are union members.
Auckland City Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre will be impacted with less doctors on site.
The spokesperson says the DHBs are organising contingency plans which will determine that the hospitals are still safe.
‘‘A&E, the intensive care unit and all life and limb wards have rosters that aren’t affected by the strike.’’
The proposed strike is expected to impact elective surgeries and clinical services.
Around 3200 junior doctors will walk off the job at 7am on October 18 for 48 hours.