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.
“I can confirm that Unite has begun the legal process to hold an industrial action ballot over the trust’s unilateral decision to derecognise Unite.
– Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe
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.
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.
A car was involved in a crash after failing to see an Ambulance on the way to an emergency.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision in Rotherham to come forward. It happened at around 8:15pm on Tuesday 12 June on Worksop Road, at the junction of Todwick Road/Kiveton Road. The ambulance had its sirens on and blue lights on as it headed towards Anston.
The drivers of both vehicles came away with minor injuries.
A QUICK-thinking gran delivered her daughter's baby on the living-room floor and saved her granddaughter's life. Elaine Sheard, who is 47, delivered baby Daisy Eva, and then realised the umbilical cord was around her neck. She managed to free her with the help of a 999 operator saving her life.