Nurses Strike


What you need to know about the nurses strike

The strike noticed for Thursday 5 July issued by NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in late June was withdrawn on Friday 29 June.

The 24 hour strike notice that NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants also issued for Thursday 12 July does however remain in place.  

We have had to reschedule some of our non-urgent patient appointments and most of our elective surgery. We understand this will be an inconvenience to people and we apologise for this.

We respect the right of the NZNO members to take industrial action and have been planning to keep everyone safe during the strike – patients and staff alike.

Nationally DHBs are also doing everything we can to settle the agreement and find a way to avoid the strikes.

A strike of this nature will severely impact on our ability to carry out our normal services at our hospitals.

What is happening?

At Taranaki Base and Hawera hospitals:

Taranaki DHB is preparing to close many of the services provided due to the impact of the strike.

The hospitals will continue to operate essential services such as the Emergency Departments, emergency surgery, ICU, maternity care and some wards throughout the strike, and patient safety remains the DHB’s top priority for patients and staff alike.

Some services provided by Taranaki DHB will close before the date of the strike to ensure the number of patients in hospital is as low as possible, so that care can be provided safely.

We will be able to maintain only the very minimum of services during the strike and many operations will be deferred and outpatient clinics will be closed. Patients affected will be contacted directly to advise them if their appointment has to be rescheduled.

What if I have a planned surgery or an appointment during the strike?

We will contact you directly to advise you of any changes to your scheduled surgery or appointment.  Unless we have contacted you directly to let you know your appointment is being rescheduled - we ask that you come to your scheduled appointment on time.

We understand this will be an inconvenience and we apologise for this.

What should I do if I have a non-urgent health issue?

We will only have enough staff to manage the most serious emergency cases, so we advise you not to come to the hospital emergency department unless you or your family member is acutely unwell.

It’s important if you or your family member have non-urgent health issues that you call Healthline (0800 611 116), visit a pharmacy, or contact your GP, Medicross or Phoenix Urgent Doctors. Remember GP visits for under 13s are free.

In an emergency you should dial 111 for an ambulance.

What will happen to people who turn up to ED with a non-urgent health issue?

If you turn up to ED and are not acutely unwell you will be redirected back to your GP or advised to go to Medicross or Phoenix Urgent Doctors.

What if you or a family member is in hospital during the strike?

We will be asking family members to assist with yours, your relatives or your friend in hospital personal cares. This may include washing, dressing, helping them go to the toilet and assisting them with hospital food.

For more information on the strike and how it may affect you, phone 0800 753 868.

Nurses Strike Media Releases

2 July 2018

news item Revised offer to be considered by nurses

District Health Boards have given NZNO a revised offer for its members to consider over the coming week.

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29 June 2018

news item Government welcomes nurses breakthrough

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister Dr David Clark are pleased the District Health Boards have made a revised offer to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation that has seen the strike notice lifted for July 5.

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29 June 2018

news item Next week’s nurses’ strike averted

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the country’s District Health Boards today agreed a revised offer that will be taken to NZNO nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants next week.

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28 June 2018

news item DHBs receive second notice of strike action

On Wednesday District Health Boards received notice of a second strike by New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members.

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22 June 2018

news item Taranaki DHB to reduce services during nursing strike

Taranaki DHB has begun implementing contingency plans to ensure the safety of staff and patients, following the notice to strike by Nursing, Midwifery, and Healthcare Assistant NZNO members for 24 hours from 07:00am on 5 July until 7am Friday 6 July 2018.

More info...


Consider your options before you make the trip to ED

  • Call 0800 Healthline (0800 611 116)
    It’s a 24-hour service and registered nurses will address the symptoms, recommend a care plan and help to reassure worried parents.
  • Visit your pharmacy or a physiotherapist for advice.
  • Book an appointment with your GP. Children under 13 are free and there are low cost GP practices in New Plymouth, Stratford, Opunake, Hawera and Patea.
  • If your GP is busy, or it’s the weekend you can visit MediCross or Phoenix in New Plymouth. (charges apply).
  • Medicross and Phoenix offer x-ray services and can treat broken bones (charges apply).
  • It is very important that people experiencing a genuine emergency call 111 for an ambulance or go to ED.



Last updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018

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