The Bay of Plenty DHB has been notified by St John that they have received notification that one of their three unions’ members, will be withdrawing labour from 6am on 25 November until 6am on 26 November and then for a second period from 6am on 28 November until 6am on 29 November. Two periods of 24 hours.
The members of the union involved, are 40% of paid ambulance personnel nationally, and this action involves the full withdrawal of labour by members working in our Clinical Support, Ambulance Communications, Emergency Ambulance, Patient Transfer Services and Event Medical Services.
St John say the impact will be most noticeable in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Canterbury, and they have put plans in place, including rostering other ambulance staff to cover the strike action and undertaking additional clinical triage in the Ambulance Communications Centre. St John anticipates this will mitigate much of the anticipated impact, however they will still need support to reduce demand on services through these periods.