11 Jun 2019

Junior doctors' strikes cost health boards $19m

From Morning Report, 7:41 am on 11 June 2019

Strikes by junior doctors this year have cost district health boards more than $19 million in extra pay to senior doctors, and there's no end in sight.

Members of the Resident Doctors Association have held five strikes since January as they battle DHBs over proposed changes to their employment contract.

It's still unresolved with a ruling from the Employment Relations Authority expected soon. The high cost of the dispute has been revealed in figures obtained by RNZ News.

RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown joins Susie Ferguson with the details.