Friday 27 September 2019Media release4 minutes to read
West Coast DHB’s Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are members of the APEX union will be on strike for two 24 hour periods from 7am on Monday 30 September to 7am 1 October, AND Wednesday 2 October until 7am Thursday 3 October.
MITs are the health care professionals who carry out a wide range of x-rays and scans.
West Coast DHB’s Associate Director of Allied Health, Jane George said anyone who has a pre-booked outpatient appointment that involves an x-ray or scan that has to be rebooked as a result of this industrial action will be contacted by phone or text to reschedule their appointment. Once arranged, the new appointment will stand even if the strike doesn’t go ahead.
We will be working closely with our general practice teams to keep disruption to a minimum.
“This does mean that some people who are clinically stable may have to wait longer to have their x-ray or scan, and we apologise in advance for that.”
Anyone who needs emergency care during the 24 hour period of the strike will receive it, including any x-rays or scans necessary for safe care. We have an arrangement with the union that they will provide staff to provide emergency care if needed.
West Coast DHB employs 6 MITs and we are planning on the basis that the MITs who are members of the APEX union will all be on strike for both 24 hour periods.
Ms George stressed that anyone who needs health advice or care should continue to make their general practice team their first port of call 24/7.
“After hours you can call your own practice, even when they’re closed. Simply follow the instructions on the answerphone to be put through to a nurse who will provide free health advice and tell you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.
“Of course, if it’s an emergency you should call 111 as usual,” Jane George said. “We will have staff available to ensure you will receive the care you need.”
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MEDIA
Who makes up the Medical Imaging Technologists (MIT) (radiographer) workforce?
Medical Imaging Technologists are health care professionals who specialise in acquiring images to assist Radiologists and Cardiologists and other medical specialists with medical diagnosis and treatment.
The types of imaging they perform include:
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