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Ambulance Trust "disappointed" with ballot result

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust says it is "disappointed " with the Unite ballot result which leads to strike action next week.

Staff have voted to take strike action over changes in shift patterns which could mean paramedics going more than 10 hours without a meal break and staff being forced to work 12 hour shifts.

The staff, members of Unite, voted for a 24 hour strike on February 1st. They also plan to walkout for four hours on February 3rd over the imminent introduction of new shift patterns. Ian Brandwood, Executive Director of People and Engagement at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:

Strike action is certainly not in the best interests of our patients and it reflects the thoughtless conduct of Unite. We would like to reassure members of the public that Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is committed to minimising the level of disruption to its services during any periods of industrial action and we have robust contingency plans in place to ensure we continue to provide responsive, effective and safe services for our patients.

– Ian Brandwood, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Woman dies after crash with ambulance

A woman seriously injured in a crash with an ambulance in Wakefield last month has died in hospital.

The 60-year-old woman was driving her Volkswagen Golf on Doncaster Road on October 20 when she collided with the ambulance on its way to an emergency.

She had been in a critical condition in Leeds General Infirmary since then, but died there yesterday.

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Father's charity ambulance challenge

A proud dad has completed a three day challenge tracing the 82 mile route of an emergency ambulance which helped save his son's life.

Little Rhys Gardener is thriving thanks to the expert care he received while being transferred between hospitals in Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield. Matt Price reports.

Ambulance driver in court over Lincolnshire crash

An ambulance driver has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a Lincolnshire patient who died when the vehicle taking her to hospital crashed into a dyke.

Seventy five year old Margaert Allsop from Sutton on Sea was being taken to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital when the crash happened last December. Sixty three year old Garth Green, of Grimsby today pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared before Boston magistrates.

The case was adjourned until September.

Report: Ambulance staff on strike

Staff are claiming increasing pressure is being put on Yorkshire's already stretched ambulance service.

It has emerged that over Easter a toddler had to wait more than 20 minutes for a paramedic after a serious car accident - despite it happening a five-minute walk away from the nearest hospital.

3-year-old Keiran Morrill has survived but needed 60 stitches. The news comes on the day that 450 ambulance service workers across the county went on strike out in a row over future cuts to services. Kate Walby reports.

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service: Only call 999 in an emergency

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is reminding people to only call 999 in an emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening or serious illness or injury while the 24-hour period of industrial action takes place.

We are committed to minimising the level of disruption to our services duringthe 24-hour strike called by Unite the Union and our contingency plans remain focused on providing a safe, responsive and high-quality emergency service to patients.

The strike action has involved less than 10 per cent of the total staff employed by the Trust and the vast majority of our staff have been working as normal, delivering safe services to patients across the region.

– Paul Mudd, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The Trust recognises the legal right for those of our staff who are members of Unite to participate in industrial action, but our focus is to balance that right with the need to first safeguard patient care and safety. However, I do not believe that industrial action in this form is in the best interests of patients, and it is deeply concerning for a trade union representing ambulance service workers to strike without making any concessions to patient safety.

– Paul Mudd, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Throughout the 24-hour period of the strike we will continue to monitor the situation closely and make every effort to get to patients as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining high standards of patient care.

– Paul Mudd, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Ambulance service say strike is 'not in the best interests of patients'

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has released a statement about today's strike. It aims to reassure people about contingency plans. The public are reminded, however, to only call for an ambulance in seriou or life-threatening circumstances.

"... Unite the Union has confirmed that its members will not be responding to any 999 calls during the 24-hour period. I am deeply concerned over this type of action, which I believe will be of concern to all of our A&E staff, who are very committed to patient care, and will place many of them in a very difficult situation.

“... I do not believe that industrial action in this form is in the best interests of patients, and it is deeply concerning for a trade union representing ambulance service workers to strike without making any concessions to patient safety."

– David Whiting, Chief Executive

“Throughout the 24-hour period of the strike, and the continuous overtime ban that Unite the Union commenced on 26 March 2013, our focus will be on taking steps to maintain operational cover to sustain effective and safe services.”This action will undoubtedly place strain on our 999 service, and therefore the Trust is reminding the public to use the service wisely for patients with serious and life-threatening conditions only during the 24-hour period of industrial action..."

– David Whiting, Chief Executive
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