Industrial Action Updates

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has received strike notice from New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), advising that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants covered by their Multi Employment Collective Agreement (MECA) will take strike action for 24 hours from 7am Thursday 12 July until 7am Friday 13 July.

Find out how services will be affected at:

NZNO Strike Action FAQs

What is happening?

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO) have rejected the revised employment terms and conditions offered by DHBs. The NZNO has now officially notified DHBs around the country that its members will undertake a 24-hour strike from 7am on Thursday to 7am Friday 13 July

What will the strike involve?

The strike action will be in the form of a 24-hour withdrawal of labour beginning at 7am. We are committed to working with the NZNO to ensure patient and staff safety is maintained, but the strike will significantly affect our ability to deliver services.

What is being done to prepare for the strike?

Patient and staff safety remains our utmost priority, and contingency planning continues. This means:

  • We will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others, including rescheduling elective surgery in the days before and during the the strike;
  • We are very sorry that patients will be inconvenienced as many services – such as outpatient appointments and elective surgeries – will have to be rescheduled;
  • We will assess inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them – if not, they will remain in hospital.

Will emergency care still be available?

The emergency department (ED) at Hawke’s Bay Hospital will remain open, however we ask people to remember that the ED is for emergencies only. People with non-urgent injuries or illnesses will be asked to visit their GP or the after-hours service. People who are unsure about whether they need ED care should contact their GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse.

What is LPS?

The DHBs and NZNO have been working collaboratively to mitigate risks to patients and staff during industrial action, by ensuring staff with specialist clinical skills are available for emergency and essential services.  These services are known as Life Preserving which are defined as care for the preservation of life and the prevention of disability.

Download/view LPS information sheet

How will patients know if their surgery, procedure or appointment is affected?

We will notify patients. Anyone uncertain about their appointment or surgery can call 0800 248 794 and press 2 for patient enquiries.