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Strike to proceed on 12 July

Official notice has been received that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) will undertake strike action in July.

The strike action will be in the form of a complete withdrawal of labour, from all DHBs around the country, for 24 hours from 7am on 12 July.

Patient safety and wellbeing remains our highest priority and focus during this time.

However – like all DHBs – we will experience staffing gaps and will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others. We will also be assessing our inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them. If not, they will remain in hospital.

Non-essential services – including outpatient appointments, and elective and non-urgent surgery – will be deferred.

The Emergency Department (ED) at Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open during the strike, and people can rest assured that anyone who requires urgent and life-saving care will receive it.

People are, however, asked to remember that ED is for emergencies only. People with non-urgent injuries or illnesses should see their GP or after-hours service in the first instance.

Wellington Regional Hospital’s delivery suite and maternity ward will remain open.

If you are booked for birth at Kenepuru Community Hospital or the Kapiti Health Centre, or are in labour on a strike day, contact your midwife early as you will need to travel to Wellington.

Your lead maternity carer has been informed of what services are available, and we also have a number of midwives who are not NZNO members and will be working during the strike action.


Will emergency care still be available?

The emergency department (ED) at Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open, however we ask people to remember that the ED is for emergencies only.

People with non-urgent injuries or illnesses will be asked to visit their GP or the after-hours service. People who are unsure about whether they need ED care should contact their GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse.

Kenepuru Accident & Medical Clinic will remain open.

There may be some delays but all patients will be triaged and treatment options provided.


How will patients know if their surgery, procedure or appointment is affected?
We will notify patients. Anyone uncertain about their appointment or surgery can call (04) 806 0992 from 8am-8pm, and 0508 4 CCDHB (0508 4 22342) after hours.


How do I get healthcare without going to the hospital?
Click here to find a GP or an after-hours service.


Background information


What is happening?

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO) have rejected the revised employment terms and conditions offered by DHBs.

The NZNO has now officially notified DHBs around the country that its members will undertake strike action on 12 July.


What will the strike involve?
The strike action will be in the form of a complete 24-hour withdrawal of labour beginning at 7am. This will significantly and severely affect our ability to deliver services.


What is being done to prepare for the strike?

Patient safety remains our utmost priority, and contingency planning continues. This means:

  • We will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others;
  • Many services – such as outpatient appointments and elective surgeries – will have to be rescheduled;
  • We will assess inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them – if not, they will remain in hospital.
Last updated 11 July 2018.