Proposed strike action by Medical Imaging Technologists (MIT) who are members of APEX (Association of Professionals and Executive Employees Inc) have issued notices of proposed strikes action by members.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has received notices of proposed withdrawal of labour by the MIT staff (radiographers) employed by the BOPDHB, from:

 0700 hours Monday 14 October, to 0700 hours Tuesday 15 October, 2019
0700 hours Wednesday 16 October, to 0700 hours Thursday 17 October, 2019

The notices cover radiographers who are members of APEX and are based at either Tauranga or Whakatāne Hospitals.

MIT staff, (radiographers) perform x-rays, CT scans and assist with a number of radiology procedures, for example insertion of pacemakers in the Cardiac Catheter Lab and other interventional procedures.

This proposed strike action will have a significant impact on service delivery at both Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals, as the work the MIT team completes is an essential part of elective and acute activity performed in our hospitals.

Services affected will be those which require MIT's to complete radiographic imaging for diagnostic and interventional purposes. Most services will remain open, however many will have significantly reduced services available.

  • Radiology Services will be offering normal ultrasound and MRI services during the proposed MIT Strike period; however there will be very limited access to General x-ray and CT scan services.
  • Limited access to the Cardiac Catheter Lab, Fluoroscopy and Interventional services.

Contingency planning is already underway and we are doing our utmost to ensure patient safety leading up to and throughout the 24 hour periods of proposed industrial action.

Unfortunately, we will need to reduce planned services, which will include the postponement of some elective services.

We respect the right of staff to strike hence the importance we put on contingency planning to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff.

Our messages to the public are:

  • Please help us keep the Emergency Departments for emergencies.  In the event of an emergency please call 111 for an ambulance.
  • If you require medical attention for a situation that is not life threatening, people should do what they normally do, visit or phone their GP, or talk to their pharmacist.
  • For afterhours medical advice call your GP (your call will be automatically forwarded to a 24/7 health service), or call the free 24/7 HealthLine 0800 611 116.
Last updated: October 9, 2019