Friday 28 May 2021Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury News3 minutes to read
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:
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.
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.
Page last updated: 28 May 2021
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