23 Feb 2017

DHB chiefs give thumbs-up to roster deal

8:29 pm on 23 February 2017

District health board chiefs have approved a deal that settles their dispute with junior doctors over rosters.

Christchurch Junior Doctors Strike

The Resident Doctors' Association held two strikes as part of the dispute over its members' working hours and pay. Photo: RNZ / Andrew Collins

It marks an end to a long stand-off, including strikes, over how to implement changes designed to deliver safer working hours.

The DHB chief executives unanimously approved the deal at a two-hour meeting in Wellington late this afternoon.

No details will be released until doctors have also ratified the document.

Earlier this week the Resident Doctors' Association said approval from its members would be delivered quickly.

The union staged two strikes as part of the roster dispute: the first for two days in October last year and the second - a three-day strike - last month.

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