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New Zealand resident physicians strike

Residency Program Insider, October 21, 2016

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Earlier this week, approximately 3,000 resident physicians across New Zealand staged a two-day strike after negotiations with district health boards over work hours and days broke down. During the strike, patients had their operations deferred and shifts were covered by non-unionized residents and senior physicians.

The New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association (NZRDA) argued that residents have to work up to 12 consecutive day shifts that can last as long as 16 hours. Some residents are required to work seven consecutive night shifts. The NZRDA said this leaves residents overtired and is unsafe for patients and has asked that residents work no more than 10 consecutive days and no more than four nights in a row. District health boards have said they are willing to provide residents with two weekdays off but there is a disagreement over whether residents will be paid for those days off.

Sources: Bay of Plenty Times and Newstalk ZB



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