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Along with all other DHBs, BOPDHB has received notice from the midwives union MERAS, of a series of rolling strikes over a two week period commencing 22 November. There will be two, two hour strikes each day, at Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals. 

No women will be turned away from our delivery suites. 

Our priority is the safety of our women and their babies and we've started contingency planning to ensure people have access to the services they need. Life Preserving Services (LPS) are being agreed with the union to keep everyone safe during the strike action. 

The majority of our midwifery workforce at both Tauranga and Whakatāne are MERAS members. We take the impact of this strike action seriously and our contingency planning is well underway to ensure people have access to the services they need. 

The strike action covers only DHB midwives who are employed on the MERAS Agreement. 

While there may be some minor readjustment of outpatient services, our main message to you, is that services will be available without disruption. 

All referrals to the maternity service will proceed as normal. No clients will be turned away. 

DHBs are keen to continue talking to the union. 

If you have any concerns or questions please contact your LMC midwife or the DHB hospital maternity unit.

 

FAQ

  1. What happens if I need to go into hospital to give birth or have another procedure and the midwife is on strike?

    If the hospital midwife caring for you is taking part in a strike during the time you are in hospital, you may continue to be cared for by that midwife if appropriate, or you may be cared for by another midwife. There are situations where it would be inappropriate for a change of midwife during your care.
  2. How many midwives are going on strike?

    The majority of our midwifery workforce at both Tauranga and Whakatāne are MERAS members. We take the impact of this strike action seriously and our contingency planning is well underway to ensure people have access to the services they need.
  3. How can I be sure that there will have enough midwives to care for me?

    To keep you and your baby safe, we have agreed with the union for a number of midwives to be on site to provide care to you and your baby during the hours of the strike action. We also have more midwives on call if needed.
  4. My caesarean section is planned for that time, will it be cancelled?

    The hospital will advise you of any changes. Any caesarean that is urgent will not be delayed. 
  5. When exactly is the strike action?

    There isa series of rolling strikes over a two week period commencing 22 November. There will be two, two hour strikes each day.
  6. What is the DHB doing to prevent the strikes?

    This strike affects all DHBs and negotiations are happening at a national level. We are keen to continue talking to the union and will continue trying to settle these negotiations. 
Last updated: November 20, 2018