Third month-long partial strike by psychologists who are members of the APEX union starts tomorrow

Monday 30 September 2019Media release2 minutes to read

A third consecutive month of industrial action by psychologists employed by Canterbury DHB who are members of the APEX union, is scheduled to begin tomorrow

Psychologists at Canterbury DHB are planning to take industrial action from 8am tomorrow. The industrial action will continue throughout October ending at 8am on Friday 1 November.

This is the third consecutive month of industrial action by psychologists (excluding interns) employed by Canterbury DHB who are members of the APEX union.

During October’s industrial action, psychologists employed by Canterbury DHB will only do a maximum of two hours face-to-face contact with patients and family members of patients, each day.

They will continue with other duties during the period of industrial action.

Psychologists work in a range of services throughout the Canterbury health system, and our contingency plans are focused on ensuring anyone who urgently needs to be seen during the strike period, receives the assessment, advice or support they need.  Some patients however, will have their appointments rescheduled.

Canterbury DHB employs 129 psychologists, and around 106 are members of the APEX union. We expect most union members will be on strike. They work in services such as specialist mental health services, diabetes, child health, respiratory and cardiology services, oncology [Cancer care], nephrology [dialysis and kidney transplants], older persons’ health and rehabilitation and are based at Christchurch Hospital, Burwood Hospital, Hillmorton Campus, The Princess Margaret Hospital and in a range of community settings.

Canterbury DHB Acting Executive Director of Allied Health, Scientific and Technical, Sandy Clemett, said anyone who has a pre-booked appointment with a DHB psychologist that has to be postponed and rescheduled due to the strike, will be contacted and an alternative appointment would be arranged. 

“We respect the right of our staff to strike and I apologise in advance for the inconvenience caused by these changes to our usual service,” Sandy Clemett said.  We have plans in place to ensure we are able to respond to any urgent needs for psychological assessments that may occur during this period of industrial action.   Our contingency plans include utilising other appropriately qualified and experienced health professionals to see patients during the strike period. 

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