Potential impact of proposed resident doctors strike on patients


9 January 2019

New Zealand Resident Doctors Association members are undertaking industrial action at Counties Manukau Health and other DHBs throughout the country from 7am Tuesday 15 January 2019 until 7am Thursday 17 January 2019. 

During this period we will have a reduced number of doctors available. 

We would like to assure all our patients that we are here if you need us.  Other medical staff will be available and we will be providing acute services including through our Emergency Department.     

Women preparing for childbirth should not delay seeking advice or care.  If you go into labour during the strike, follow your normal birth plan and seek assistance from your lead maternity carer such as your midwife, a primary birthing unit (at Pukekohe, Botany or Papakura) or the Birthing and Assessment Unit at Middlemore Hospital.

We have had to reschedule some of our non-urgent patient appointments and elective surgery.  Impacted patients have been contacted directly.  If you have not heard about your appointment and it was scheduled for these days then please contact us on 0800 277 1661.

Our health care services will return to normal at the conclusion of the strike on Thursday 17 January 2019.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.  During the strike dates, where your condition is not urgent or severe please contact your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116 in the first instance. If you have an emergency always call 111. A full list of after-hours clinics is available on http://www.countiesmanukau.health.nz/our-services/after-hours-and-emergencies/

 

Dr Gloria Johnson
Chief Medical Officer
Counties Manukau Health