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Strike action . . . Southern District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming has confirmed doctors will go on strike for five days from Monday. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES

Staff reporters

Doctors are going back on strike, this time for five days from Monday to Saturday.

Strike action will start on Monday at 8am and will finish on Saturday at 8am.

The strike will not affect medical services in Central Otago directly, but will have some impact on people who have surgery or appointments planned at Dunedin Hospital.

Southern District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming said the strike would affect hospital health services over each of those days.

“While our contingency planning team is working to minimise the effect of the strike, I’m sorry to say a full work week of job action will have considerable impact on hospital health services.”

Patients will be contacted if their planned surgery or appointments are postponed.

Urgent surgeries, cancer treatments, renal dialysis, intensive care and most maternity services will continue.

Mr Fleming said patient health and safety was the board’s main concern so it was working to accommodate as many planned surgeries and clinics as possible.

The board was “absolutely committed” to trying to work with the other DHBs and the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association to find a solution that would work for all parties, he said.

For any non-urgent medical care, people should visit their GP or pharmacist or urgent doctors, or talk to a registered nurse by calling Healthline on 0800 611 116.