Doc­tors strikes at ADHB

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CA­TRIN OWEN

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.

FAIR­FAX NZ

Around 3200 ju­nior doc­tors will walk off the job at 7am on Oc­to­ber 18 for 48 hours.

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