WDHB prepared for second RMO strike

11 January 2017


Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) confirmed today its contingency planning is well underway to ensure patients receive a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can safely be provided, during next week’s residents doctor’s strike from 7am 17 January to 8am 20 January 2017.


WDHB acting chief executive Brian Walden says he can assure the Whanganui community that the WDHB’s contingency plans are well advanced to ensure as many services as possible are maintained and that the level of disruption felt by patients and the public is minimised as much as possible.


“I would like to make it clear to the community that if any services do need to be postponed, we will be contacting the patients affected directly,” Mr Walden says.


“I want to stress that all decisions regarding rescheduling of appointments and elective surgery will be made with patient safety foremost in our minds and that patient safety will continue to be a top priority throughout the strike period.


“While there may be some patients who are directly affected by service postponements, we are committed to ensuring they are not the same patients who were affected during the first industrial action in October. Any patient affected will be contacted directly by our staff.”


“Please note that the emergency department will be open for ‘business as usual’ and if any Whanganui residents have concerns regarding service provision leading up to, and during the strike, you are welcome to contact the hospital operator on 06 348 1234.”


The WDHB will continue to update the community about any impact on services or developments that take place leading up to the strike.