DHB ready for double dose of strike action

Hauora Tairawhiti has moved to assure patients of their safety during strikes this week by midwives and junior doctors.

Members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) will begin their third 48-hour strike from 8am tomorrow.

Midwives who are members of the Midwifery Esmployee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) will begin a 12-hour strike, also on Tuesday, beginning at 9am.

Hauora Tairawhiti employs 25 junior doctors with most being members oRDA.

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokeswoman said non-urgent services, surgery and most outpatient appointments on the two RDA strike days had been postponed.

“If there are any changes in your condition please see your GP, nurse or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

“Please help us keep our Emergency Department for emergencies only.

“Always call 111 in an emergency.

“The Gisborne Hospital emergency department, emergency surgery and maternity services will remain operational during the strike period.

“All patients whose appointments are affected by the strike will be notified by telephone.

“‘If you haven’t been contacted, you can assume your appointment is proceeding.

“If you are unsure whether your surgery or appointment is affected by this strike you can phone us on 0800 800 620.”

Hauora Tairawhiti employs 20 midwives at Gisborne Hospital, all of whom are members of MERAS.

Puawai Aroha Maternity at Gisborne Hospital will remain open and operational during the midwives’ strike.

“At all times during the strike there will be a midwife available,” said clinical care manager Nicki Dever.

“Planning has been under way since strike notice was issued earlier this year. Our priority is the continued excellent care and safety of women and their babies.”

“This strike action affects DHB-employed midwives in our hospitals but not lead maternity carers (LMCs) who work independently in the community.

Women should come to their scheduled appointment unless they had been contacted to say their appointment was being postponed.

Ms Dever said women should call Puawai Aroha Maternity if they have any questions on 0800 800 620 to be transferred to maternity.

■ Public Service Association clerical and administration staff at Hauora Tairawhiti held a stop work meeting between 10am and noon today.

They joined colleagues from all 20 health boards in attending their first ever stop work meeting.

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokesman said there were no disruptions to hospital services.

“Within the health sector thousands of hard-working administration and clerical workers have been repeatedly overlooked and had their pay and conditions neglected for far too long, resulting in a growing level of frustration and anger,” said Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary.

“The 5500-plus PSA members who work in administration roles at health boards have had enough of the delays in settling overdue collective agreements.

‘‘They are now at the point where one of the options that will be raised at stop work meetings is the option of taking industrial action to ensure meaningful progress is made and to have their voices heard.”

Hauora Tairawhiti has moved to assure patients of their safety during strikes this week by midwives and junior doctors.

Members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) will begin their third 48-hour strike from 8am tomorrow.

Midwives who are members of the Midwifery Esmployee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) will begin a 12-hour strike, also on Tuesday, beginning at 9am.

Hauora Tairawhiti employs 25 junior doctors with most being members oRDA.

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokeswoman said non-urgent services, surgery and most outpatient appointments on the two RDA strike days had been postponed.

“If there are any changes in your condition please see your GP, nurse or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

“Please help us keep our Emergency Department for emergencies only.

“Always call 111 in an emergency.

“The Gisborne Hospital emergency department, emergency surgery and maternity services will remain operational during the strike period.

“All patients whose appointments are affected by the strike will be notified by telephone.

“‘If you haven’t been contacted, you can assume your appointment is proceeding.

“If you are unsure whether your surgery or appointment is affected by this strike you can phone us on 0800 800 620.”

Hauora Tairawhiti employs 20 midwives at Gisborne Hospital, all of whom are members of MERAS.

Puawai Aroha Maternity at Gisborne Hospital will remain open and operational during the midwives’ strike.

“At all times during the strike there will be a midwife available,” said clinical care manager Nicki Dever.

“Planning has been under way since strike notice was issued earlier this year. Our priority is the continued excellent care and safety of women and their babies.”

“This strike action affects DHB-employed midwives in our hospitals but not lead maternity carers (LMCs) who work independently in the community.

Women should come to their scheduled appointment unless they had been contacted to say their appointment was being postponed.

Ms Dever said women should call Puawai Aroha Maternity if they have any questions on 0800 800 620 to be transferred to maternity.

■ Public Service Association clerical and administration staff at Hauora Tairawhiti held a stop work meeting between 10am and noon today.

They joined colleagues from all 20 health boards in attending their first ever stop work meeting.

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokesman said there were no disruptions to hospital services.

“Within the health sector thousands of hard-working administration and clerical workers have been repeatedly overlooked and had their pay and conditions neglected for far too long, resulting in a growing level of frustration and anger,” said Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary.

“The 5500-plus PSA members who work in administration roles at health boards have had enough of the delays in settling overdue collective agreements.

‘‘They are now at the point where one of the options that will be raised at stop work meetings is the option of taking industrial action to ensure meaningful progress is made and to have their voices heard.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if I need to go into hospital to give birth or have another procedure during the strike?

Your safety is Hauora Tairawhiti’s main priority, and careful planning means that there will be midwives available for you at all times.

How many midwives are going on strike?

Hauora Tairawhiti employs 20 midwives, all of whom are members of MERAS and therefore are entitled to take strike action.

How can you be sure that you will have enough midwives to care for me?

A contingency planning team has been meeting regularly since the first strike notice was issued by MERAS. All precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of mothers and their babies is maintained. Hauora Tairawhiti has agreed with the union for a number of midwives to be on site to provide care to women to keep them safe during the hours their colleagues are on strike.

My caesarean section is planned for that time; will it be cancelled?

Some elective C-sections times may change, as there may be some changes to the theatre schedule. If your C-section needs to be rescheduled due to the strike, both you and your lead maternity carer will be notified. Any caesarean that is clinically urgent will not be delayed.

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