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Proposed strike action by Medical Imaging Technologists (MIT) who are members of APEX - 14-15 Oct and 16-17 Oct

Proposed strike action by Medical Imaging Technologists (MIT) who are members of APEX (Association of Professionals and Executive Employees Inc)

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has received notices of the proposed withdrawal of labour by the MIT staff (radiographers) employed by the BOPDHB, from:

0700 hours Monday 14 October, to 0700 hours Tuesday 15 October, 2019
0700 hours Wednesday 16 October, to 0700 hours Thursday 17 October, 2019

MIT staff perform x-rays, CT scans and assist with a number of radiology procedures, for example insertion of pacemakers in the Cardiac Catheter Lab and other interventional procedures. 

This proposed strike action will have a significant impact on service delivery at both Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals, as the work the MIT team completes is an essential part of elective and acute activity performed in our hospitals.

Contingency planning is already underway and we are doing our utmost to ensure patient safety leading up to and throughout the proposed 24 hour periods of industrial action. Unfortunately, we will need to reduce planned services significantly, which will include the postponement of some elective services.

We respect the right of staff to strike hence the importance we put on contingency planning to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff. 

We are using our usual Primary Care hotlines for GPs to call directly into our hospitals. These calls will go to the switchboard, and the operator will forward you to the person you request. The phone numbers are:

Tauranga           07 579 8044
Whakatāne        07 306 6777

    • - Radiology Services will be offering normal ultrasound and MRI services during the MIT Strike period; however there will be limited access to General x-ray and CT scan services.
    • - Limited access to the Cardiac Catheter Lab, Fluoroscopy and Interventional Services.

We request that during this period you refer only patients who clearly demand immediate hospital intervention or treatment.

If you have any particular concerns please do not hesitate to contact me any time via email  or phone 027 836 1896.

Dorothy McKeown
Contingency Planning Lead




Last updated : Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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