Hawke’s Bay DHB receives notice to strike

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has received strike notice from New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), advising that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants covered by their Multi Employment Collective Agreement (MECA) will take strike action for 24 hours from 7am Thursday 5 July until 7am Friday 6 July.

This action will occur at every place where Hawke’s Bay District Health Board provides health care or hospital care services.

Chief Executive Kevin Snee said while contingency planning was already well underway the DHB would now begin implementing those plans. The DHB would also be looking for help from people who could volunteer to help cover essential work, although not life preserving, especially after-hours.

Anyone who wanted to offer clinical or non-clinical support could call 0800 248 794 or email volunteers2018@hbdhb.govt.nz  Volunteers would be provided with support and training.

Dr Snee said “This will be a very difficult time for everyone, and we thank everyone who has already offered assistance or who is considering helping,” he said.

The DHB was working with NZNO to ensure Life Preserving Services were available.

“Our aim is to keep everyone safe during the strike, patients and staff alike – and that will mean a significant change to normal services.”

People should not delay seeking medical treatment or going to hospital if the matter was urgent. People should dial 111 for emergencies or an ambulance. They can visit their GP, medical centre, local pharmacy or call HealthLine 0800 611 116.

More information will regularly be updated on www.ourhealthhb.nz

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