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Yorkshire Ambulance staff to strike this weekend

Staff from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service belonging to the Unite union have announced they will strike this weekend.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff to strike Credit: Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The strike will take place across the county from 3pm on Saturday to 7am on Sunday morning.

The union has three hundred and seventy five members in the service.

The crux of the dispute is the introduction of longer shift patterns that could mean staff working ten hours without a meal break.

The union has said that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of staff exhaustion.

In a statement the Trust said it has "taken all reasonable procedural steps to resolve the dispute and has fully cooperated with the course of action agreed with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)."

Yorkshire Ambulance staff to strike over shift changes

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire ambulance 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 overwhelmingly for a 24 hour strike which will commence at 00:01 hours on Saturday February 1.

They also plan to walkout for four hours, between 3pm and 7pm on Monday February 3 over the imminent introduction of new elongated shift patterns.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “Our members are taking action as they are very concerned about the scale of these changes and how they will impact on patient safety in Yorkshire. The shift patterns are not family friendly and will lead to an overtired workforce.

“Once again, Unite makes the offer of talks with David Whiting, the trust’s chief executive, who has dug in his heels and refuses to engage with the legitimate concerns Unite has raised on behalf of its members and the Yorkshire public.”

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Yorkshire Ambulance staff to consider strike action

Yorkshire ambulance staff are being balloted for 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.

Unite, the country’s largest union, is balloting its 450 members at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for strike action over the introduction of new elongated shift patterns next month.

The union wants a protected meal break of 30 minutes after six hours. It's the latest development in a long running dispute, coming just under a year since the Trust ceased to recognise the union after it raised concerns over the impact of £46 million cuts on patient safety.

Ambulance Trust misses crucial time target

Five ambulance trusts across England, including Yorkshire, failed to meet crucial response time targets, new figures suggest.

Ambulance crews across the country did not arrive on scene within eight minutes for 26% of patients who needed urgent emergency assistance last year, data suggests.

Crews are supposed to respond to 75% of "Red 1" emergency calls - the most critical calls which cover patients who have stopped breathing and do not have a pulse - within eight minutes.

But between 2012 and 2013, just 74% of patients were reached in the time frame,figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.

Crews in Yorkshire, the North West, the East Midlands, the East of England and the South West did not achieve the goal, according to the HSCIC.

Ambulance staff strike over new emergency care workers row

Five hundred ambulance workers have joined picket lines across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire for a 12 hour walk out.

Members of the Unite Union are taking action because they say the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are risking patient safety, by allowing new emergency care assistants to work with paramedics after only six weeks training.

Over the next five years the trust has to cut their budget by forty six million pounds. They say they'd like to reassure the public that the level of disruption will be minimal during industrial action.

500 ambulance workers walk out

Striking ambulance workers Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Five hundred ambulance workers have joined picket lines across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire for a 12 hour walk out.

Members of the Unite Union are taking action because they say the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are risking patient safety, by allowing new emergency care assistants to work with paramedics after only six weeks training.

Over the next five years the trust has to cut their budget by forty six million pounds. They say they'd like to reassure the public that the level of disruption will be minimal during industrial action.

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Union calls on Yorkshire Ambulance Service to enter 'meaningful talks'

Our members are increasingly concerned about patient safety because of the downgrading of the current skill level on NHS frontline vehicles in Yorkshire. We call yet again on the blinkered, hardline management at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to enter into meaningful talks with Unite. The continuing refusal of the management to discuss patient safety - which led to the de-recognition of the union - has left our members with no option but to take further industrial action."

– Terry Cunliffe, Unite regional officer

Yorkshire Ambulance workers prepare for strike

Union members also staged a strike in April

Yorkshire Ambulance workers are staging a fresh strike in a row over spending cuts. Members of Unite will walk out for 12 hours from midday with a further stoppage planned for June 22 if the dispute remains deadlocked.

The row centres on plans by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to make savings of £46 million over the next five years.

Unite, which has 500 members at the trust, said ambulance workloads were increasing by up to 6% every month.

Unions: Ambulance cuts 'put patient safety at risk'

Unions claim spending cuts at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will put patient safety at risk. Unite union members are to stage a fresh strike tomorrow, walking out for 12 hours from midday.

The row centres on plans by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to make savings of £46 million over the next five years. Unite, which has 500 members at the trust, said ambulance workloads were increasing by up to 6% every month.

Our members are increasingly concerned about patient safety because of the downgrading of the current skill level on NHS frontline vehicles in Yorkshire. We call yet again on the blinkered, hardline management at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to enter into meaningful talks with Unite. The continuing refusal of the management to discuss patient safety - which led to the derecognition of the union - has left our members with no option but to take further industrial action.

– Terry Cunliffe, Unite regional officer
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