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Planning Underway To Cope With Proposed Strike Action By Mrts

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Lakes DHB has received formal notification of strike action from APEX, the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees Inc, the union for Medical Radiation Technologists.

As a result, planning has begun again at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals to manage the strike action by Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs), due to begin on Monday 29 March.

Daily contingency planning meetings started early this week (Monday 15 March 2010) and are held regularly in order to ensure all potential issues are identified and addressed.

Medical Radiation Technologists are involved in diagnostic services such as x-rays, CT and MRI scans and ultrasound. Lakes DHB employs a total of 23 MRTs (spread across a total of 16 full time positions) based at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals.

The first notice of strike action received involves the complete withdrawal of labour and on-call work from 4.30pm in the afternoon until 8.00am the following morning (at Rotorua Hospital) and from 5pm until 8.30am (at Taupo Hospital for each of the four days from 29 March to 1 April.

The second parallel notice involves members working to set criteria for examination times during the full period of the same four days, from 29 March to 1 April across Lakes DHB.

Late yesterday Lakes DHB received a third strike notice, involving a complete withdrawal of labour for the Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend, 3-4 April.

Some elective, or planned surgery may need to be postponed over the first four days of action by MRTs. Any patients whose procedures need to be rescheduled will be contacted as soon as possible. Patients are being asked for tolerance and understanding over the strike period.

It is also important that the emergency departments are kept free for those who have had an accident or are very ill. People who feel unwell or need to renew their medicines are asked to please visit their family doctor or go to Lakes Primecare.

The General Manager of Clinical Services for Lakes DHB, Dale Oliff says any changes to the running of the hospitals during the strike periods will be made in order to make sure that the safety of patients in need is not compromised. She says the DHB very much appreciates the input of staff, community health providers and the public.

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