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Doctors set to strike after talks break down

11 January 2019 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

Talks between resident doctors and district health boards have broken down, meaning thousands of patients face having their operations postponed next week when doctors walk off the job.

The doctors – scheduled to strike for 48 hours on January 15-16 – agreed on Tuesday to meet DHBs for mediation, talks which concluded without agreement this afternoon.

Some DHBs, including Southern DHB, had put off postponing operations in the hope talks would succeed, but now face severe disruption to services, and a scramble to notify patients.

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