1 May 2019

Junior Doctors Strike Report - Radio NZ Morning Report

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24 April 2019

Strikes unnecessary now facilitation set

DHBs are urging resident medical officers to withdraw planned strike action and let the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) do its job.

RMOs who are members of the NZ Resident Doctor's Association plan to strike for five days next week but DHB Spokesman Dr Peter Bramley says that will disrupt patient services unnecessarily now the ERA has set dates for facilitation.

"It was the NZRDA that asked for facilitation, that's now been agreed and dates set. DHBs welcome the ERA's involvement as a way to settle this dispute - there is nothing to be gained from a strike.

"Facilitation involves independent experts looking at both sides of the issue and making an impartial recommendation for settlement. The strike will have no impact or bearing on the facilitation, all it does is disrupt patients."

Dr Bramley says the impact will vary from DHB to DHB, but there will be more impact than the last strikes due to the longer duration.

"Some DHBs have not scheduled procedures next week to avoid inconveniencing patients, although services are being scheduled where staff are available and RMOs have indicated they'll be working.

"DHBs have contingency plans in place to ensure essential and emergency services are maintained, however some planned and elective services will be deferred and DHBs will contact those affected.

"To minimise pressure on hospitals, people should see their GP in the first instance, but no one should delay seeking medical treatment and go to hospital if the matter is urgent," says Dr Bramley. "They should dial 111 for emergencies or an ambulance.

"I urge RMOs to reconsider striking - they asked for independent facilitation and we now have a mechanism to help us find a solution. If the RDA is looking for a pathway to settlement, then this is it and strike action is not necessary."

The following dates have been agreed for facilitation:
3 May        Both parties to file a written submission setting out the context and the outstanding issues
9 May        Auckland (individual meetings with each party)
10 May      Auckland
13 May      Wellington
14 May      Wellington


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16 April 2019

NZRDA Bargaining - Q&As

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15 April 2019 

DHBs welcome ERA decision

DHBs welcome the Employment Relations Authority's decision to grant facilitation.

DHB Spokesman Dr Peter Bramley says DHBs are available to meet as soon as possible.

"We call on the RDA members to lift strike notice now that their application for the ERA's involvement has been granted."


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12 April 2019 

DHBs call for cool heads

District Health Boards say the planned five-day strike by some Resident Medical Officers is not necessary, uncalled for and disproportionate when there's a process underway to find a settlement.

RMOs who are members of the Resident Doctors' Association will strike for 5 days from Monday 29 April.

"This level of action is hard to understand," says DHB Spokesman Dr Peter Bramley.  "How can the union ask for urgent facilitation then threaten this kind of disruption?  It was the RDA that asked the Employment Relations Authority to help find a solution - a move that DHBs support.

"DHBs also made an unconditional settlement offer that the RDA wouldn't show its members.  It's an offer we believe is generous and addresses their concerns of safe care."

Dr Bramley says hospitals worked hard during earlier industrial action to minimise the impact on patients, but 5 days raises the stakes considerably. "Managing acute care becomes a lot harder, patient services will be disrupted and RMOs' training will be impacted.

"This level of industrial action is puzzling, especially when we know support is not universal. Between 60-65 per cent of all Registrars worked over the last strikes, as well as 35 per cent of House Officers.

"We ask the RDA and its members to pause and consider - consider afresh the offer made at mediation, consider afresh the impact on patient care, consider we already have a process in place to resolve the issues - strikes at this time are unnecessary."

Dr Bramley says DHBs have supported the Union's call for urgent facilitation with the Employment Relations Authority and will work in good faith towards a negotiated solution.


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For the latest in joint DHB bargaining communications please follow this link:  https://tas.health.nz/strategic-workforce-services/employment-relations/resident-medical-officers-bargaining/

Last updated: May 1, 2019