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Nurses, midwives and healthcare workers’ strike, June 9 2021

Friday 28 May 2021Canterbury DHB News3 minutes to read

Nurses, midwives and  healthcare workers’ strike,  June 9, 2021

Nurses, midwives and healthcare workers’ strike, June 9, 2021

Canterbury DHB is preparing for a nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants’ strike from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday June 9, 2021. It is estimated that most of the DHB’s nursing workforce (approx. 4700 staff members) are eligible to strike, and the strike will be severely disruptive to health services. We acknowledge and respect NZNO members’ right to take this action.

Canterbury DHB is working on the assumption that the strike will go ahead and is implementing contingency plans accordingly.  Here are some of the key elements of those plans:

What to do if you are sick or injured during the strike

  • Access emergency and urgent care as you usually would – the ED, maternity services, ambulances and kidney dialysis for example will all continue to operate throughout the strike. They will, however, be under even greater pressure than usual.
  • If you don’t need care urgently, call your GP team at any time of day or night (24/7), and they will advise you what to do and where to go.
  • During the strike, Christchurch’s three urgent care facilities; 24 hour surgery, Riccarton Clinic and Moorhouse Medical will have extra staff on to cope with additional demand.

Rescheduling surgeries and outpatient appointments around June 9

As we had more notice than usual for this strike, we hadn’t confirmed many appointments or planned surgeries for that day. Over the coming days, Canterbury DHB will be calling anyone who did have an outpatient appointment or planned surgery that will potentially be impacted by the strike – this could be on the day of the strike itself, or in the days on either side.

Urgent procedures, such as cancer surgery, will be prioritised to go ahead during the planned strike period on a case-by-case basis.

If you have an outpatient appointment on June 9, or surgery planned in the days leading up to or on the day of the strike and haven’t heard from us by midday on Friday, June 4, please call the specific service detailed on your appointment letter. If you can’t find the letter, call the switchboard on 03 364 0640 between 8am and 5pm and ask to be connected with the appropriate service.

What can you do to help?

If you have family, whānau or friends that will be in hospital on June 9, you are welcome to spend more time with them, to provide support and reassurance.


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