Hawke’s Bay DHB braces for utility association strike

The Hawke’s Bay District Board of Health has plans in place to keep services safe for patients during Monday’s Public Services Association (PSA) union strike.

The PSA sent a strike notice to all 20 departmental health directorates on behalf of its members covered by the MECA (intercompany collective agreement) allied, health and technical for 24 hours from Sunday May 15 from 11:59 p.m. to Monday, May 16, 11:59 p.m.

Hawke’s Bay DHB, director of Allied Health, Anne McLeod, said patients directly affected by the industrial action had been contacted and had their appointments rescheduled. A life preservation services agreement is in place.

“DHB worked hard prior to this action to maintain patient safety. While urgent lab work will be prioritized, including COVID-19 test results, paramedic health service appointments have had to be rescheduled.

“At all times, patient safety is our top priority and full services will resume when the strike period ends.”

Key information for the public:

  • The patients directly concerned have been contacted. There will be service disruptions in laboratory and paramedical services as well as mental health and addictions services.
  • Urgent lab work will be prioritized during the strike period, including COVID-19 test results.
  • Normal services will resume when the strike ends on Tuesday, May 17.

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