WDHB services continue throughout RMO strike

19 January 2017


With the exception of planned-for disruptions to elective surgery and Outpatient appointments, Whanganui Hospital continues to operate as usual during the residents doctor’s strike taking place from 7am 17 January to 8am 20 January 2017.


Presentations to the Emergency Department have been within expected numbers and contingency planning is keeping disruption to elective surgeries and Outpatient appointments to a minimum. As at day three of the strike, three patients have had elective surgery deferred, all of which have been rebooked. A further 39 patients have had their Outpatient appointments postponed, with just eight yet to be rescheduled.


“I want to stress that all decisions regarding rescheduling of appointments and elective surgery were made with patient safety foremost in our minds,” chief executive Julie Patterson says. “Twenty one of our 37 junior doctors are working during this period which has enabled the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) to roster junior doctors to support our senior doctors in patient care over the strike period.


Mrs Patterson says as part of contingency planning additional staff have been rostered for the day the strike ends, in the event patients who have waited until the completion of the strike access hospital services.