If the hospital midwife caring for you is taking part in the two hour strike during the time you are in hospital, if they have not already started to treat you, you may be cared for by another midwife. If they are already part way through a procedure that cannot be delayed they will continue to care for you.
Impact of hospital midwives strike at Waikato DHB hospitals
- Waikato Hospital
- Thames Hospital
- Tokoroa Hospital
Midwives who are members of the midwifery union MERAS are going on strike twice a day for two hours from Thursday 22 November until Wednesday 5 December.
This does not affect Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs)
Our priority is the safety of women and their infants and we have plans in place to ensure women can access the services they need and are kept safe during the strike.
We expect the main impact on our maternity services to be the postponement of some ante-natal clinics and we will contact those women directly. However there may be some disruption to services at our hospitals and we thank you for your patience.
No women will be turned away from our delivery suite.
DHBs are continuing to talk to the union to try and settle these negotiations and prevent industrial action.
If you have any concerns or questions please contact your midwife.
Frequently asked questions
There are 88 midwives who are members of the midwifery union MERAS out of around 140 midwives across Waikato, Thames and Tokoroa hospitals.
We have agreed with the union for a number of midwives to be on site to provide care to women to keep them safe during the hours their colleagues are on strike. We also have more midwives on call if needed.
Some elective c-sections times may change, as there may be some changes to the theatre schedule. Any caesarean that is clinically urgent will not be delayed.
The rolling stoppages are for two hours twice a day for two weeks from 22 November. The times will change each day. The first day is from 11am to 1pm and from 8pm to 10pm.
This strike affects all DHBs and negotiations are happening at a national level. We are keen to continue talking to the union and will continue trying to settle these negotiations. We expect mediation to help find a way forward and prevent industrial action.