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Hospitals prepare for nurses strike

11 July 2018 Radio New Zealand

Medical directors are insisting they’re as prepared as they can be for the nurses’ strike tomorrow as facilitation talks between nurses and DHBs failed.

Last-ditch talks between nurses and their employers have concluded in Wellington.

There’s been no comment from either side but RNZ understands the facilitation talks ended a short time ago.

One chief medical officer estimates 6000 to 8000 elective surgery procedures nationwide will need to be deferred. 

Anne Aitcheson is the lead national contingency planner for the 20 DHBS. She tells Guyon Espiner about 3,500 surgeries are being deferred in preparation for the strike.

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