PRESS RELEASE: Statement on NZNO Industrial Action

RE: Nursing strike

Dear Members,

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) acknowledges the New Zealand Nurses Organisation decision to go ahead with strike action on July the 12th as part of their ongoing negotiations with the District Health Boards. Many of our members have spent time in understaffed wards, and seen the challenging conditions in which nurses work in first hand. We also hope our nursing student colleagues are adequately supported throughout this time.

We understand for some students the upcoming strike has raised questions about how wards will be staffed throughout the strike. Students should have been notified via email regarding expectations.

The University of Auckland has indicated 4th and 5th year students are not attend their clinical attachment during the strike, whilst Trainee Interns are to only undertake tasks they are qualified to do under appropriate supervision.

The University of Otago has indicated that Trainee Interns are not expected to act in any capacity different than normal, and should not take on responsibilities they are not qualified for. 4th and 5th year students should attend as normal, unless directed otherwise by their module conveners.

Students with any questions about how these policies affect them should contact their university faculty directly. Any Medical Student who is unsure of, or concerned about their role during the nursing strike should also not hesitate to contact workforce@nzmsa.org.nz

With kind regards,
NZMSA

ENDS

 

Contact:
Mike Peebles
Workforce Officer
workforce@nzmsa.org.nz