Junior doctors say mistakes happen under current rostering system

Junior doctors have gone on strike over rostering concerns for the third time in a month.

Rallies were held around the country on Tuesday, including in Whangarei, Wellington and Christchurch. They're worried they'll be forced to go back to working up to 12 days straight instead of 10.

Rotorua doctor Joel Winders says that's dangerous for staff and patients.

"You hear stories of people falling asleep in the car on the way home, people falling asleep at traffic lights. People just making lots of prescribing errors."

Junior doctors say DHBs want to exclude unions from the roster negotiations. If an agreement isn't reached on Friday, a full strike is planned for later this month.

Some midwives have also taken action this week, demanding higher pay.


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