Some St John ambulance staff will be on strike from 6am Wednesday 25 November until 6am Thursday 26 November (24 hours) and 6am Saturday 28 November until 6am Sunday 29 November (24 hours).
The impact will be most noticeable in Waikato (as well as Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Canterbury).
There is likely to be delays in St John being able to respond an ambulance if the patient’s condition is not immediately life-threatening.
The union’s members represent about 40 per cent of paid ambulance personnel nationally, and this action involves the full withdrawal of labour by members working in clinical support, ambulance communications, emergency ambulance, patient transfer services and event medical services.
St John has plans in place, including rostering other ambulance staff to cover the strike action and undertaking additional clinical triage in the Ambulance Communications Centre. They anticipate this will mitigate much of the anticipated impact, however they will still need support to reduce demand on services through these periods.