The NZRDA ED Rosters Campaign
The DHBs acknowledged during MECA bargaining 2021 that there was evidence of demand pressures on Emergency Departments across New Zealand, “with potential delays in care and treatment of patients and increased workload intensity for ED staff.”
As part of settlement of the MECA, the DHBs and RDA committed to reviewing the RMO staffing and rostering in every ED prior to 1 July 2022 relative to patterns of patient presentations/demand.
As of November the status of our ED roster campaign can be seen below:
The NZRDA ED rosters survey
In October and November 2021 we conducted a survey of NZRDA members who had worked on an ED roster in the last 12 months. Responses from the survey are below.
ED Campaign Media
NZRDA Delegates Dr. Rosa Tobin Stickings and Dr. Jordan Gibbs on the increased workload in emergency departments.
Patient left in emergency department for whole day before being moved to ward, 16 February 2022
Patients dying in ED a ‘psychological hit’ for doctors, 17 June 2022
Wellington DHBs pause non-urgent care leaving hundreds waiting for surgery, 21 June 2022
MidCentral considers employing more emergency department doctors, 4 October 2022
Doctors advocate: Immigration won’t fix Middlemore crisis, 19 October 2022