Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives, who are part of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS), are taking part in dual strikes on Thursday 19 August.
NZNO members are committing to a full withdrawal of labour for eight hours between, 11am and 7pm.
MERAS members will strike for 12-hours, between 8am and 8pm.
During this time, services at MidCentral DHB facilities, including Palmerston North Hospital and Horowhenua Health Centre will be reduced. If you do not require urgent healthcare, please see your GP Team or pharmacist, or free-phone 0800 Healthline (0800 611 116).
People in need of urgent care should still go to the Emergency Department or call 111 for an ambulance.
Patients affected by the changes will be contacted before Patients affected by the changes will be contacted before Thursday and arrangements will be made to reschedule appointments for as soon as possible. We will ensure patient safety during any strike action and your patience and understanding is appreciated.
If you have an appointment during this period, and have not been contacted to reschedule, that means your appointment will still go ahead.
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We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
MidCentral DHB is calling for the whānau and support people of patients to assist in their hospital care during the proposed strike.
was introduced in 2018 to allow people to become a Kaimanaaki (partners in care), where they can work with hospital staff to help with the care of a loved one. This care ranges from dressing, assisting with eating, providing company or simply helping them go for walks. They can visit any time and stay overnight if required.
For patients who may be confused or disorientated, the ability to have whānau or familiar faces involved in the care provides comfort and support to people while they are in hospital and helps greatly with the transition out of hospital.