12 Aug 2019

Junior doctors settle long employment row with district health boards

1:56 pm on 12 August 2019

The long row between junior doctors and their district health board employers appears to be over.

Junior doctors strike in Wellington.

Photo: RNZ / Karen Brown

Junior doctors say they have accepted recommendations from the Employment Relations Authority aimed at ending the dispute.

Members of the junior doctors' union have been at loggerheads with DHBs over who should have the final say over proposed changes to public hospital rosters.

The authority was called in months ago in a bid to break the deadlock, which resulted in five strikes between January and May.

In a statement just released, the Resident Doctors Association said its members had voted to accept the ERA's recommendations.

It says these include a new change-management process, ensuring that it and its members are fully involved in any proposal to change working arrangements.