The New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZDRA) are taking industrial action next week. A number of our RMOs are NZRDA members and will withdraw their services from 7am on Tuesday 15 January to 7am on Thursday 17 January.
Most elective and some outpatient clinics have been deferred. Patients have been notified via text message, email or phone about any deferment to their appointment/surgery.
People who are uncertain about their scheduled appointments or procedures should call (04) 570 9555.
The Emergency Department (ED) at Hutt Hospital will remain open during the strike; and we ask people to remember that ED is for emergencies only.
As always with strikes, our number one consideration is patient safety. Our planning to ensure we are resourced to maintain life preserving services including our emergency department, ICU and acute surgery for the duration of the strike is well underway.
Anyone unsure about whether they need ED care should contact their GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse.