Capital and Coast DHB Prepares for Strike

June 25, 2018

The manager at the Capital and Coast District Health Board Chris Lowry says an official notice about planned action by nurses has been received.

 

The first strike will be at all DHBs around the country for 24 hours on July 5 for staff protesting low pay and long hours.

 

The board is now putting contingencies in place for the strike, with patient safety and well-being as their highest priority.

 

He says however, like all DHBs, they will experience staffing gaps and will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others. They will also be assessing their inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them. If not, they will remain in hospital."

 

Mr Lowry says the emergency department at the Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open, “and people can rest assured that anyone who requires urgent and life-saving care will receive it."

 

Wellington Regional Hospital's delivery suite and maternity ward will remain open. Any patients booked for birth at Kenepuru Community Hospital or the Kapiti Health Centre, or are in labour on a strike day, are advised to contact their midwife early to travel to Wellington.

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