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Strike by medical laboratory staff – Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November 2019

Tuesday 12 November 2019Media release1 minute to read

Medical laboratory staff who are members of the APEX union are striking

Medical laboratory staff who are members of the APEX union will be striking for 48 hours on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November 2019.

The strike involves a full withdrawal of labour.

Medical laboratory staff provide various services, including taking blood and other samples for testing.

Canterbury DHB is doing our utmost to ensure patient safety leading up to and throughout this period, however, we will need to reduce some services.

During the strike, some non-urgent and specialist laboratory testing may be delayed.

If you are planning to get a blood or specimen test at Christchurch Outpatients, Christchurch Hospital or Burwood Hospital, please note these collection centres will be operating at a reduced capacity on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November.

Please note this strike does not affect Canterbury Southern Community Labs (CSCL) centres. These community collection centres will be open and operating as usual, however, all collection centres will be closed on the Canterbury Show Day public holiday on Friday 15 November. You can find your nearest CSCL on the CSCL website here.

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