Whanganui DHB ready for strikes

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) con­firmed on Tues­day that mid­wives will go on strike for two hours, twice a day be­gin­ning Novem­ber 22 — a pat­tern likely to be re­peated for two weeks.

A se­ries of strike no­tices is­sued by the mid­wives’ union MERAS, will af­fect district health board-em­ployed mid­wives na­tion­wide. This will not af­fect Lead Ma­ter­nity Carer (LMC) com­mu­nity mid­wives, says Whanganui DHB spokesper­son De­clan Rogers.

Mr Rogers says Whanganui Hos­pi­tal’s Ma­ter­nity Unit will re­main open and mid­wives will be avail­able at all times dur­ing the strikes. Im­por­tantly, Whanganui district women should come to their sched­uled ap­point­ment un­less they have been con­tacted to say their ap­point­ment has been can­celled.

“Whanganui DHB re­spects the mid­wives’ right to take this ac­tion — what’s im­por­tant to us is for the pub­lic and preg­nant women to know that the safety of women and their ba­bies is paramount in the lead-up to, and dur­ing, the strikes,” Mr Rogers says.

“DHBs are do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to set­tle the agree­ment. In the mean­time, we need to pre­pare for a se­ries of strikes and this is hap­pen­ing.”

If women have any ques­tions, they can call charge mid­wife Lucy Pet­tit on 06 348 3264 be­tween 8am and 5pm (Mon­day to Fri­day). Out­side these hours please con­tact your LMC.

Whanganui DHB well pre­pared for mid­wives strike.

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