Junior doctors at Taupo and Rotorua hospitals will strike for 48 hours next week.

The strikes will run from 7am on Tuesday, January 15 until 7am Thursday, January 17.

NZRDA president Courtney Brown said the Lakes DHB risked “exposing vulnerable RMOs to disruptive and dangerous work conditions”.

“RMOs could be required to work for more than 16 hours in a row, without guarantee of rest or safety,” she said.

“RMOs could be moved to any hospital in the country as the DHBs see fit.

RMO doctors in their first two years of practice could lose access to education and training, jeopardising the quality of care delivered to patients, she said.

“It is disappointing and frustrating that we are being forced to strike just to keep our terms and conditions,” she said.

The resident doctor’s association [NZRDA] met with the Lakes District Health Board on Wednesday and Thursday for mediated bargaining

No agreement was reached, however.

Source: Taupo Times

Image: Steph Rangi / FairFax NZ

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