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Published Thursday 24 Oct 2019

Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) – or ‘radiographers’ – who are members of the APEX union are undertaking five days of partial and full strike action.

Capital & Coast DHB respects and acknowledges APEX members’ right to undertake these strike actions, which will be in the form of:

  • Partial strikes – Tuesday 30 and Thursday 31 October, and Monday 4 November. During these strikes, radiographers will adhere to the scheduled booking times for each patient they manage
  • Full strikes – 7am Wednesday 30 October to 7am Thursday 31 October, and 7am Friday 1 November to 7am Saturday 2 November. Radiographers will completely withdraw their services during these 24-hour periods.

Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus, and contingency plans are in place to ensure we can continue to meet patients’ needs during this time.

This means prioritising essential and acute services over others. Patients in urgent need of radiology services – such as x-rays, CT scans, etc – can be assured they will receive care.

Non-urgent appointments and procedures may be rescheduled, and affected patients notified accordingly.

Wellington’s Emergency Department (ED) will have limited x-ray capability during the strike, and people with non-urgent injuries should see their GP or after-hours centre in the first instance. The Kenepuru Accident & Medical Clinic (KAMC) will also have limited x-ray capacity.

People who visit the ED or the Kenepuru Accident & Medical Clinic, and who are assessed as having non-urgent needs, will be referred to another provider for x-ray or may be asked to return the next day.