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DHBs attempt to stop strike

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/11/2016 Cassie Devoy

An application for an urgent injunction has been made by District Health Boards across the country to stop doctors from striking on November 23 and 24.

The 20 DHBs made the application to the Employment Court to stop the strike resident doctors had planned in support of safer rosters.

The DHBs have claimed the recently graduated doctors cannot strike because they were not employees at the time they were balloted for strike action, even though they will be employees when the strike takes place.

However, if the injunction is successful, doctors say they will strike at another date.

"We had hoped we would have safer rosters agreed to before the graduating class of 2016 started working on the wards. We do not want yet another year of doctors to become worn out and worn down by fatigue.

"It would be nice to think the upcoming strike could be avoided, not by legal action, but by settlement of the contract. All we need is for the DHBs to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair deal," said Dr Deborah Powell, National Secretary of the New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association.

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