Pay talks between senior docs and district well being boards have stalled and docs are to carry stopwork conferences subsequent month to resolve what motion to take.
Their union, the Affiliation of Salaried Medical Specialists, mentioned they had been asking for a reasonable pay rise however the DHBs had been providing no pay enhance.
It’s asking members to cease work for as much as two hours subsequent month to debate their subsequent steps.
RNZ is looking for a response from district well being boards.
ASMS government director Sarah Dalton mentioned in an announcement specialists had been fatigued and struggling excessive ranges of burnout as they juggled entrenched staffing shortages, overflowing hospitals and overstretched companies.
That they had additionally absorbed further pressures as a result of Covid-19 backlog.
Nurses and DHBs are again in talks at this time to attempt to resolve their dispute earlier than the subsequent strike.