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Shoppers asked for ambulance experiences

The union UNITE will be asking people about their experiences of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service today. They will be in Harrogate, Bradford and Sheffield where they plan to decorate Christmas trees with messages of support for their campaign to defend patient safety.

Asking for ambulance experiences Credit: PA

Unite says its already gathered 1,500 messages of support for its campaign. It is calling on MPs to to investigate claims that patients lives are being put at risk due to plans plans to cut services and use unqualified staff on emergency call-outs.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said:

“Patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do and our absolute focus is to ensure that we continue to deliver a safe, responsive and high quality service to our patients. We refute the misleading claims Unite the Union have made around patient safety, the role of Emergency Care Assistants, and the Trust’s longer-term plans."

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Dame Fanny Waterman to step down from piano competition role

Dame Fanny Waterman Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of the country's most acclaimed music festival organisers is to step down from the competition she founded more than fifty years ago.

Dame Fanny Waterman is retiring from her role as chairman and artistic director of the Leeds International Piano Competition after next year's event. It comes as she approaches her 95th birthday. She said today she looks back with great pride at the international eminence the Competition has achieved.

Fines after miner killed at museum

Michael Buckingham

Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £590,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed and killed at the museum in 2011.

58-year-old Michael Buckingham from Grimethorpe near Barnsley died after he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader that he was operating.

The fatal incident happened 138 metres below ground at the museum’s site at Caphouse colliery in Wakefield.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Mr Buckingham, an experienced miner and electrician, was part of a team working on the second phase of a £2.7 million improvement project. This involved constructing 140 metres of new tunnels to revitalise the visitors’ tour and increase the number of exhibition galleries.

Mr Buckingham sustained fatal crush injuries when he became trapped between the tunnel construction machine and the forward-tipping dumper - a mineral carrying machine - that he had been operating. Health and Safety inspectors found the dumper was unsafe.

The dumper truck
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