Anaesthetic technicians at Rotorua Hospital are planning a seven-day strike next week, leaving the Lakes DHB "extremely disappointed".
Hospital midwives have gained a Midwifery Accord and the right to a separate pay equity claim from nurses but patience is being tested as they wait for a formal pay deal to vote on.
Nearly 100 DHB clerical workers have been interviewed about what their job really entails as the DHBs and unions progress the first of four pay equity claims currently underway.
Māori students across all health disciplines are encouraged to apply for this year’s Hauora Māori Scholarships.
"I signed up for a career of looking after patients and helping people who are sick - I didn't want to be fighting to have a reasonable working life," says Dr Rosa Tobin Stickings as she spends her morning protesting for the third time this year.
Junior doctors employed by district health boards have announced they will strike for a second two-day period this month.
Next week's strike is set to take place after junior doctors and DHBs failed to reach agreement after two days of mediated bargaining.
The Resident Doctors’ Association is expressing concern about doctor vacancies at four northern DHBs as the union continues to try and settle a new deal with the 20 DHBs before the current deal expires early in 2018.
The midwives’ union has been joined by the junior doctors and an allied health union in expressing frustration at ministerial interference in pay talks leading to more industrial action.