Auckland DHB to reduce services during Nurses and Midwives strike

Auckland DHB is preparing to reduce many of the non-essential services provided at Auckland City Hospital and Starship Hospital between 7am Thursday 5 July and 7am Friday 6 July due to the impact of a nationwide strike by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

Auckland City Hospital and Starship Hospital will continue to operate essential services such as emergency departments, emergency surgery and maternity care throughout the strike. Plans are in place to provide care for patients who need to be admitted to hospital or to extend their stay in hospital, and patient safety remains the DHB’s top priority.

Some services provided by Auckland DHB will close before the date of the strike to ensure the number of patients in hospital is as low as possible, so that care can be provided safely.

The nurses’ union NZNO has issued a national strike notice to all DHBs for a full withdrawal of labour by members for 24 hours from 7am on 5 July.

Auckland DHB is expecting another strike notice on 27 June, for a second 24 hour strike to begin at 7am on 12 July, should negotiations fail to find a resolution to the dispute.

“We will be able to maintain only essential services during the strike and many outpatient clinics will be closed,” said Chief Executive Ailsa Claire.

“We will still provide services defined as life preserving, and this includes some essential outpatient services such as cancer treatments. We ask that patients come to their scheduled appointment unless we have contacted them directly to say their appointment is being rescheduled.

“During the strike period, if you need hospital care or have an emergency, please don’t hesitate to come to Auckland City Hospital or Starship Hospital or to call 111.

“If your condition is not urgent or severe please contact your GP in the first instance where possible. Free medical advice is also available 24/7 through Healthline as usual, phone 0800 HEALTHLINE (0800 611 116).

“Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.”

Information for the public will be regularly updated at Patients or other members of the public can also call Auckland DHB on 09 367 0000.

Media contacts:
Auckland DHB is not bargaining directly with New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).
Please direct any questions to Harriet Palmer
M: 027 4277 437

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