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Media Release: Medical Imaging Technologists strike action

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Friday 11 October 2019

Southern District Health Board planning for Medical Imaging Technologists strike action next week

Southern District Health Board continues to plan for the two strikes next week by Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are members of APEX.

The strikes are from 7am on Monday 14 October 2019 to 7am on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and 7 am Wednesday 16October 2019 to 7 am Thursday 17 October 2019.

Planned (elective) procedures and outpatient appointments may be postponed. Patients will be contacted directly if their appointments or clinics are postponed.

Anyone with a life threatening situation will have access to the X-ray or scan they need.  Patients coming to Emergency Departments who do not have a life threatening situation will be assessed and treated by medical staff but may be required to come back at a later date to have a scan or be sent to a private radiology service for their X-ray or scan.

“MITs are a vital part of our SDHB’s health care team and a strike of this nature will again significantly impact on our ability to carry out our normal services for our community.

“Our focus is on maintaining safe care for patients during the strike period, and we thank everyone for their understanding.” says Southern DHB Chief Executive, Chris Fleming.

Additional information

  • Southern DHB has 53 MITs employed at Dunedin Hospital, 28 at Southland Hospital and 8 at Lakes District Hospital. Of these, all are members of APEX
  • The strike will involve a full withdrawal of labour and will affect all services provided by MITs (except ultrasound) at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Lakes District Hospital, and all community based health services where MITs employed by SDHB are working. This includes Dunedin Urgent Doctors
  • Breast screening mammography provided by BreastScreen Otago Southland will continue as usual.