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November 8, 2010

Industrial Action

The West Coast District Health Board has received notice from the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (APEX) that radiographers are withdrawing their labour from 8.00am on Tuesday 9 September until 7.00am Thursday 11 November.

This action affects services at Grey Base Hospital and Buller Health. Patients requiring medical imaging (X ray or CT scans) during this time may have fractures stabilised and be sent home or to a ward before having their imaging performed after 7.00am on Thursday.

The only imaging available during this time is for 'Life Preserving Services' which are strictly defined.

The ongoing industrial action by APEX is causing increasing problems for patients on the West Coast. From 26 October until 2 November, MRT staff covered by APEX withdrew their labour for work associated with operating theatres. From 2 November until 8.am on 9 November the withdrawal of labour associated with theatre occurs from 8.00am until 6.15pm each day.

This is having an effect on the types of surgery that can be currently performed and as a consequence some patients are waiting longer to have their surgery booked.

"DHBs have done their best to prioritise the money that is available to settle the collective agreement against the union's claims. The offer we made is a settlement that is affordable and reflects what is fair across the entire DHB workforce. The union continues to ignore the DHBs' concerns around affordability," says DHBNZ spokesperson Karen Roach.

 

For further information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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