Contingency plans are in place at Bay of Plenty hospitals to help minimize disruption to patients during the Public Services Association (PSA) union strike this week.
The PSA has issued strike notice on behalf of its members for a 24-hour strike starting Friday, March 4. The nature of the strike is a total withdrawal from work. It will start at 06:00 a.m. on Friday March 4 and end at 06:00 a.m. on Saturday March 5.
Public Service Association (PSA) members nationwide, including more than 400 employees of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB), will participate. The action only concerns personnel under the paramedical, health and technical MECA.
“BOPDHB is involved in contingency planning to mitigate the impact of this industrial action and has finalized life preservation services (i.e. services that are defined as providing care for the preservation of life and the prevention of disability), “said the executive director of BOPDHB. Paramedic, Scientific and Technical Health and Emergency Planner Sarah Mitchell.
“Ensuring the safety of our patients and staff is paramount throughout this period of union action and all relevant departments have contingency plans in place for this.
“BOPDHB accepts the right of individuals and organizations to take industrial action, but we regret any inconvenience that may be caused to the people we serve,” she added.
What does this mean for patients and the public?
- The LPS (Life Preserving Services) agreement guarantees that the emergency rooms of the BOPDHB will operate for the duration of the industrial action.
- There will be no scheduled pick-up in the BOPDHB rooms during this 24-hour period.
- All non-medical outpatient appointments scheduled for this period will also be rescheduled.
- The patients concerned are being notified or have already been notified.
- The Toi Te Ora Public Health Department shall have a 24/7 on-call service for notification of notifiable communicable diseases and for handling border issues related to Tauranga Port. An on-call service remains in place for the duration of the strike.
Which services are concerned?
Approximately 20 services are involved and include: Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Dietetics, Audiology, Pharmacy, Addiction Services, Speech Language Pathology, Newborn Hearing Screening, Auditory Vision, Podiatry, Cardiology Services, Clinical Engineering, Toi Te Ora Public Health, Dental Services, Community Care Coordination and Support Network, Anesthesia Technicians and Sterile Services Technicians, Mental Health, Te Pare Toi – Te Pou Kōkiri Staff, Counseling Services, Community Health and Medical Day Stay.
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