PSA 24 Hour Strike - Service Impacts

Public Service Association (PSA) members covered by the Allied, Public Health and Technical collective agreement will strike for 24 hours from 11:59pm Sunday 15 May to 11:59pm Monday 16 May 2022.

Service impacts are as follows:


  • Only urgent Laboratory work will be prioritised, including COVID-19 work. However routine COVID-19 tests may take longer to process.
  • Please refrain from sending routine work until Tuesday 17 May 2022

Phlebotomy Services

Hawke’s Bay Hospital:  Nursing staff and doctors will need to collect urgent bloods as there will be no ward phlebotomy service during the strike period.

Villa 8: Will be open for phlebotomy work from 8.30am to 4pm but will close for the lunch hour between 1pm and 2pm.

Napier Health: Phlebotomy Services will be open 8am to 5pm but closed for lunch between noon and 1pm.

 Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre: Phlebotomy Services will be open as normal 7.30 to 4.15pm.

Wairoa: Services will be unavailable due to the laboratory closing. Point of care testing will be required to be completed on the wards in Wairoa.

Mental Health and Addictions services

There will be some disruption to routine mental health and addictions services. These include:

  • Child, Adolescent and Family Services open. Routine keyworker appointments may be rescheduled.
  • Community Mental Health Teams open (Wairoa, North, South, Central Hawke’s Bay). Routine keyworker appointments may be rescheduled.
  • Older Persons Mental Health Service open. Routine keyworker appointments may be rescheduled.
  • Te Ara Manapou (Maternal Mental Health and Addiction Service) will be focused on urgent work only.


Allied Health Therapies

  • All services completed by PSA members across the hospital and community setting, including outpatient clinics and home visits will be unavailable.
  • Hand therapy will be running a reduced service.
  • Patients who have appointments on 16 May have been contacted and rescheduled.
  • Respiratory Physiotherapy will be on call for prevention of respiratory failure and treatment of patients with complex respiratory status.

Clinical Engineering

  • Providing breakdown/repair services for acute services only


Health Protection Services

Health Protection Officer on call for:

  • Urgent communicable diseases which need to be followed
  • Urgent follow up of radiation issues/monitoring in the district 
  • Biohazard or fire/emergency issues which urgent public health advice is required.
  • Providing public health response to a declared emergency eg flooding/ fire etc


Services closed:

  • The Harakeke Intensive Day Programme will be closed. Normal programming will resume Tuesday 17 May

Services open:

  • Ngā Rau Rākau, Mental Health Inpatient Service.
  • Home-based Treatment Service.
  • Springhill Treatment Centre.
  • Consult Liaison Service and Police Liaison Service.
  • Emergency Mental Health Services phone 0800 112 334.