12th July 2018

Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants strike

Please attribute comments to Dr Hugh Lees, Medical Director, Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Emergency and essential services are being  provided as usual at  both Tauranga and Whakatāne hospitals during this 24-hour strike period which began at 7am this morning.

Our aim is to keep everyone safe during this strike - patients and staff alike.

Non essential services at both hospitals have been reduced to a minimum in the lead up to this strike period.

People should not delay seeking medical treatment but should only go to hospital if the matter is urgent, or they should dial 111 for an ambulance.

For all other matters people should do what they normally do and visit their GP or pharmacy, and free medical advice is available 24/7 through Healthline (phone 0800 611 116).


Diana Marriott
Communications Manager
021 227 0452

Last updated: August 29, 2018