Around 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job tomorrow for 48 hours, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board.
The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) says it wants a renewed collective employment agreement after the last one expired nearly a year ago.
It says doctors have been forced to take industrial action to keep their existing terms and conditions, which would be changed under the current district health board proposal.
One of the things the Bolger/Richardson National goivernment did was introduce legistlation that undermined collective bargaining. Why? Because as the old song sgoes “, United we stand Dvided we fall.”
Junior doctors work incredibly hours and when people get tired they make mistakes.They won the right to some more realistic rosters. They shouldn’t have to lose what they gained. Don’t you think Labour?
The DHB’s say they have the next 48 covered ( prpobably by more senior doctors and propbably at greater cost but I don’t know.)
So if you have something that isn’t a rfeal emergency please contact your GP. If you really are ill – don’t hesitate, go to hospital and you WILL be treated.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.