Australian doctors urge NZ counterparts to demand safer hours

12 Oct 2016

AMACDT Chair, Dr John Zorbas has urged New Zealand District Health Boards to follow Australia's lead in fixing doctors' rosters to make them safe for both doctors and patients. This comes as resident doctors in New Zealand have threatened to strike in pursuit of demands for “safer rosters and safer hours”. The strike, announced by the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (NZRDA) is planned to run from 7am on Tuesday October 18 until 7am on Thursday October 20.

Resident doctors in NZ are striking over current unsafe rostering practices. The NZRDA wants the maximum number of days worked in a row cut from 12 to 10, and the number of night shifts reduced from seven to four.

Dr Zorbas was interviewed on NZ Radio and talks about Australia’s experience and lessons learnt for NZ. Listen to the radio interview below.

Australian doctors urge NZ counterparts to demand safer hours