Proposed Resident Doctors' Strike

Posted by Communications on 12 October 2016 |

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Counties Manukau Health is expecting to have its services impacted by the proposed industrial action by the New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association. 

Resident Doctors, who are union members, will be on strike and unavailable to work between 7am Tuesday 18th October and 7am Thursday 20th October 2016.

Unfortunately it is likely we will need to reschedule some of our non-urgent patient appointments and most of our elective surgery. 

This has the potential to impact non-urgent health services offered including some provided at Middlemore Hospital, Manukau SuperClinic, Manukau Surgery Centre, Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Botany SuperClinic and Pukekohe Hospital.

Patients whose appointments may be affected have been contacted directly by letter, phone and text message.  The intention is to reschedule all appointments to the next available date if the strike proceeds.  We sincerely apologise to people who are affected and for the inconvenience this may cause.

A large number of our health services are unaffected.  We will also directly contact people whose appointments are not affected by the strike to reconfirm their appointments will go ahead. 

If you remain uncertain, please contact 0800 277 1661.

We would like to assure all our patients that we are here if you need us.  We will certainly have other medical staff that will be available and provide urgent services through our emergency department.  However, during the strike dates where your condition is not urgent or severe please contact your GP in the first instance.

If you have an emergency please call 111.

 

Dr Gloria Johnson
Chief Medical Officer
Counties Manukau Health