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Looming strike: Thousands of surgeries deferred as 3300 junior doctors walk off job nationwide

• Emma Russell

Thousands of people will be missing out on surgery tomorrow and Wednesday as 80 per cent of junior doctors walk off the job. From 7am tomorrow, hospitals from around the country will be without 3300 junior doctors for 48 hours - around 80 per cent of DHB-employed junior doctors. A second 48-hour strike is also planned for January 29-30. The District Health Boards' national contingency planner, Anne Aitcheson, told the Herald non-urgent, planned surgeries and some outpatient appointments would be postponed and rescheduled as a result of the strike action. HAVE YOU HAD YOUR SURGERY CANCELLED? Aitcheson said she could not confirm exactly how many surgeries had been deferred as a result, as that data was still being collected by each DHB, but said it would be thousands. For some patients it will be "considerable weeks" before they head off again for surgery, she said. "It isn't like a one-off event where we can plan the resumption - we need to continue to monitor it and

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