After two days of mediated bargaining this week, the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) failed to reach agreement with the District Health Boards (DHBs), which means next week’s strike is set to go ahead.

Resident doctors will go on strike next week for 48 hours starting at 7am Tuesday, January 15.

NZRDA President Dr Courtney Brown says the DHBs’ offer exposes vulnerable Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) to “disruptive and dangerous” work conditions.

 
“It is disappointing and frustrating that we are being forced to strike just to keep our terms and conditions,” she says.
 

Brown says the DHBs’ position means RMOs could be moved to any hospital in the country as the DHBs see fit.

“RMOs could be required to work for more than 16 hours in a row, without guarantee of rest or safety. RMOs could lose access to education and training, jeopardising the quality of care we are able to deliver to our patients, and a whole lot more.”

DHBs have started preparing for the industrial action warning of reduced services, but  with emergency care and life-preserving treatment still available.

Duty Minister Iain Lees-Galloway encouraged “all parties to come together” to avoid strike action.

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