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Junior doctors’ strike a ‘concerning situation’ for stressed senior doctors

11 February 2019 Radio New Zealand - Karen Brown

Some senior doctors are calling for an end to the row between junior doctors and district health boards, saying each strike is more damaging to patient care and is unacceptable.

Junior doctors will strike again tomorrow until early Thursday in their row with their employers over proposed changes to sections of their employment contract dealing with rosters.

Both sides were in mediation twice last week, and more mediation is planned for Friday, but there is no sign of compromise.

In a letter sent last Wednesday, senior doctors at Palmerston North Hospital wrote to their DHB, as part of the collective of all 20 DHBs, saying the protracted nature of the dispute had led them to have serious concerns about fatigue among senior doctors.

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