What do you think about your nurses rejecting the latest pay offer from District Health Boards? It's now been confirmed that 24 hours of strike action will begin at 7am Thursday.
A "majority" of the New Zealand Nurses' Organisation's (NZNO) more-than-30,000 members have chosen to take industrial action - a move described as "unprecedented".
What do you think about Thursday's strike? Were you surprised they rejected the last offer? Or do you think they deserve more? Let us know in the replies!
Junior doctors at Waikato Hospital and other District Health Boards are striking from 8 am on Tuesday 26 February to 8 am on Thursday 28 February.
Services will be affected as there will be fewer staff on duty.
We will be deferring some appointments for surgery, treatments and outpatient clinics and giving priority to the emergency, intensive care and maternity.
All patients whose operations or clinical appointments are affected by the strike will be notified by telephone. Not all clinics are being deferred, so if you have not been notified please call the service to confirm. If you are unsure please call 0800 276 216.
Please save the hospital Emergency Department for emergencies.
If your illness or injury is not urgent, you may face long delays.
Go to your family doctor or local accident and medical centre
Contact Healthline on 0800 611 611 for advice from a trained professional
Need mental health support and someone to talk to? Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor.
Should the strike notice be lifted, services will resume.
We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
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