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.
450 Yorkshire Ambulance workers are walking out in a row over cutbacks and changes to the service. Paramedics and other ambulance staff are on strike for 24 hours.
Over four hundred paramedics and other ambulance staff across Yorkshire are starting a continous ban on overtime from today.
Members of the Unite union have voted in favour of the action in a row over patient safety. They're concerned about plans to introduce new emergency care assistants to work alongside regular paramedics.
The Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire is to write to the Secretary of State to ask for East Midlands Ambulance Service’s (EMAS) “flawed” consultation to be reviewed – with the committee’s ultimate goal being a return to a dedicated ambulance service for the county.
Meanwhile, the members also quizzed the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) on its death rate figures being higher than expected and received a number of reassurances.
The decision to write to the Government was made at its meeting yesterday (March 20), after the committee expressed concerns over EMAS’ recent consultation process and its ambulance response times.
Yorkshire ambulance workers could strike in what they claim is a dispute over patient safety and the derecognition of Unite, the country’s largest union.
Unite is now beginning the legal process to ballot its 450 paramedics and other ambulance staff members at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for strike action or industrial action short of a strike. The ballot result could be known by the end of the month.
The union is unhappy with plans to introduce emergency care assistants, or ECAs to work alongside more highly-trained paramedics. The ECA staff have only six weeks training, when a paramedic undergoes a two-year degree course.
We have been speaking to Bassetlaw MP John MP as he has raised questions about a report into plans to changes to East Midlands Ambulance Service, including closing ambulance stations.
A report considering views given during a consultation into plans to change services by East Midlands Ambulance Service is being questioned by the Bassetlaw MP, John Mann.
The report looks at the responses from local people over plans to close 66 ambulance stations around the region and instead set up 'super hubs' and standby points.
The report says "most respondents support the change in principle" but John Mann says 19,000 people in his constituency have objected to the plans.
On Mr Mann's website he calls the report a “misrepresentation of the response to the consultation” and has suggested that “Such bias in representing the facts is simply unacceptable and is a breach of both NHS guidelines and legislation.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service says a decision won't be made today. It's an opportunity for the board to assess responses. A decision is expected at the end of the month.
Campaigners against the closure of Ambulance stations in North Nottinghamshire are holding a demonstration today. The East Midlands Ambulance Service wants to shut Worksop and Retford community ambulance stations.
A consultation ends today on whether East Midlands ambulance service should become an NHS foundation trust. If that happends it would have more freedom from government control and look after its own finances.