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Doctors to go on 48-hour strike

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/10/2016

New Zealand's junior doctors will take a 48-hour strike over what they say are unfair and unsafe rosters - threatening to cause major disruption to services.

The New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association on Monday announced that from 7am on Tuesday, October 18 until 7am that Thursday their members will walk off the job.

All 20 District Health Boards are expected to be affected.

"It is extremely disappointing it has come to this," NZRDA national secretary Deborah Powell said.

"However the DHB's resistance to meaningfully improve current unsafe rostering practices has left us no choice."

"We have yet to see sufficient real change in the system after four years of engagement and 10 months of bargaining."

The decision to strike comes almost a year after the RDA began its campaign for roster changes, which it wants to see fully implemented by June next year.

The association says resident doctors are being made to work night after night and for up to 12 hours at a time, leading to clinical mistakes and doctors falling asleep on the road after finishing their shifts.

Resident doctors currently work up to 12 days in a row, followed by two days off, but want this changed to a maximum 10 days on and four off.

They also want their night shifts reduced from seven in a row to four followed by three days off.


- 1162 junior doctors report making clinical mistakes because of fatigue.

- 821 have called to check on a patient after hours, fearing they've made mistake because of fatigue.

- 939 have reported almost falling asleep while driving home.

- 275 have fallen asleep while driving home.

- 12 DHB's have resolved both issues.

- 1 DHB has resolved the 12 day issue.

- 65 night rosters have been resolved.

- 66 rosters have had no improvements.

(Source: Resident Doctors Association.)

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