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Contingency Planning

Contingency Planning aims to facilitate the provision of a comprehensive clinical service during times of industrial action through support of clinical decision makers and best use of available resources.

Our role in contingency planning for industrial action is focused on ensuring the District Health Boards are able to:

  1. Maintain essential hospital services, especially acute services, for the preservation of life and the prevention of disability.
  2. Keep disruption to hospital services at a minimum and facilitate the delivery of services not directly affected by the strike.
  3. Provide support, guidance and communication to staff who will be working through this period.
  4. Minimise risk to staff, patients and the community.
  5. Communicate with patients, families, staff and communities in a way which proactively informs and instructs whilst managing anxieties and information needs/expectations.

A joint communication on behalf of all DHBs and NZ Nurses Organisation


The DHBs and NZNO have been working collaboratively, to mitigate risk to patients and staff during industrial action, by ensuring staff with specialist clinical skills are available for emergency and essential services.

Emergency and essential services will be available during the strike. All doctors and non-NZNO staff will come to work as normal. Everyone who needs hospital care which cannot be deferred, will have access to care.

 Life Preserving Services Guide 



Template Contingency Plan
Instructions on How to Complete a Contingency Plan
Template LPS Letter
Instructions on How to Complete LPS Letter
LPS Agreement DHB and Union
Application for Adjudication
Form for Union member not wanting to take strike action


Other Guidance 

HSRA Life Preserving Services Guidelines
HSRA Contingency Planning Overview