Contingency planning facilitates the provision of comprehensive clinical service during times of industrial action:

  • through support of clinical decision-makers
  • making the best use of available resources.


Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora will:

  • maintain essential hospital services, especially acute services, for the preservation of life and the prevention of disability
  • keep disruption to hospital services to a minimum and facilitate the delivery of services not directly affected by the strike
  • provide support, guidance and communication to staff who will be working through this period
  • minimise risk to staff, patients and the community
  • communicate with patients, families, staff and communities in a way which proactively informs and instructs while managing anxieties and information needs and expectations.