Wednesday 30 October 2019Media release4 minutes to read
West Coast DHB’s Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are members of the APEX union are on strike from 7am Tuesday 29 October until 7am Saturday 2 November (four continuous days) and from 7am Monday 4 November until 7am Tuesday 5 November.
MITs are the health care professionals who carry out a wide range of x-rays and scans.
West Coast DHB’s Director of Allied Health, Technical and Scientific, Jane George said that anyone who had a pre-booked outpatient appointment during the strike period that involved an x-ray or scan had been contacted by phone or text and had their appointment rescheduled.
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 five day strike period will receive it, including any x-rays or scans necessary for safe care. West Coast DHB has an arrangement with the union that enables staff who would otherwise be on strike, 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 the five-day period.
It’s important to note that sonographers who provide ultrasound scans are not affected by this strike and will continue to work as normal.
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 per usual,” Jane George said. “We have staff available to ensure you will receive the care you need.”
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MEDIA
Note: This strike period isn’t five straight-up strikes – the odd days (days 1,3 and 5) are partial stoppages (time limits put on how long is allowed for each particular scan) and the even days are full strikes.
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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