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Preparations in place for strike action

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​Next week’s strike action by members of the Resident Doctors Association (NZRDA) will impact outpatient and elective services at MidCentral DHB, but emergency and acute services will still be available.

Preparations have been put in place, to ensure that safe emergency care continues over the strike period from 7am Tuesday 17 January through to 8am Friday 20 January.

MDHB’s Chief Executive Kathryn Cook, is assuring the public that all essential services are covered.

She said: “Our priority is always the safety of patients, and this will mean postponing some outpatient and elective services to ensure we have sufficient staff to cover essential services. The emergency department and other critical services will operate as normal.

“We are asking that people keep the emergency department free for emergencies. If your health condition is not an emergency there are several other options including Healthline, your general practice team, and the district’s after-hours centres. A full list is available under the strike section of our website

“Not all appointments or surgeries are cancelled, and we are in the process of contacting all patients booked during the strike period to confirm or defer their booking. Any postponed appointments will be rebooked as soon as possible.

“While we are taking every effort to minimise the impact of this strike, we realise this will be an inconvenience for patients and are asking the public for their support and understanding during this time.

“If you have not heard from us about your appointment before the strike, or have other queries related to your appointment, please phone 0800 PN HOSP (764 677).”

A fact sheet with details for where people can go for help can be found at this link.

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