Proposed strike action by Medical Imaging Technologists (MIT) who are members of APEX (Association of Professionals and Executive Employees Inc)
Thursday September 19, 2019
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 30 September, to 0700 hours Tuesday 1 October, 2019
0700 hours Wednesday 2 October, to 0700 hours Thursday 3 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
Services affected will be those which require MIT’s to complete radiographic imaging for diagnostic and interventional purposes. Most services will remain open, however many will have significantly reduced services available.
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.
The Cardiac Catheter Lab, Fluoroscopy and Interventional services will not be operational.
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 email@example.com or phone 027 836 1896.
We appreciate your co-operation through these proposed periods of industrial action.