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.
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.
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.