MEDIA RELEASES

NZRDA Strike Action ends


The recent Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) strike action ended at 8am this morning.

Over the three day strike action at Whangarei Hospital 40 operations were delayed and approximately 250 outpatients’ appointments were postponed.

Whangarei Hospital Emergency Department presentations were less than average.

“We are grateful to the members of the public and primary care services for minimising the impact of presentations at the hospital,” Dr Chamberlain said.

During the strike, Whangarei Hospital was staffed with dedicated health professionals including nurses, allied health, senior doctors, and some Resident Medical Officers (non-union members) and those RDA union members that chose to work.

With District Hospitals not affected by the strike action staff were also able to contribute by sharing clinical staff and, if appropriate, keeping patients at their regional hospital rather than transferring them to Whangarei.

Dr Chamberlain acknowledges the dedicated staff throughout Northland DHB.

“We know that every one of our staff, no matter what their role, come to work because they get to make a difference to their patients and improve their lives and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.”

Services at Whangarei Hospital are now fully operational and as always we are encouraging members of the public to present at the emergency department if they are feeling very unwell or there is an emergency.  For more minor problems and regular health checks we ask that people continue to go to their GP or White Cross or their GP afterhours service.


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