Ambulance staff to be balloted over strike action

Around 1,500 ambulance service staff are to be balloted over industrial action and a vote of 'no confidence' in the Welsh Ambulance Trust.

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Decision due over ambulance strike action

Ambulance staff could begin the process of strike action Credit: ITV Wales

Union officials will meet Welsh Ambulance Service staff later to decide whether to start the process of strike action.

ITV News understands the GMB union will also decide to have a vote of no confidence in the Welsh Ambulance Trust.

Sources say front line staff are ready to walk out in a dispute over working practices.


  1. Rob Osborne, Health and Social Affairs Correspondent

Ambulance staff considering strike action, says union

A union has told ITV News ambulance staff are ready to strike Credit: ITV News

A union has told ITV News it is to hold discussions next week over strike action in the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Senior sources have said that staff have "had enough and are ready to walk."

It's also understood that proposals to hold a vote of no confidence in the Welsh Ambulance Trust will also form part of the discussions.

It comes in the week when it was revealed that hundreds of patients have been taken to hospital by police in the past few years. One police officer has spoken to ITV Wales about his experiences, saying he feels compelled to speak out. He wishes to remain anonymous.

In the last two years , I've seen a dramatic rise in the amount of calls where we ask for an ambulance only to be told we're on a waiting list because there are no crews available.

There are police officers trained as first responders going to calls of a baby struggling to breathe, possible heart attacks. It just isn't right.

It's not the fault of the frontline ambulance staff. The bosses should be held accountable - people are dying.

– Anonymous police source

The ambulance service says it 'works closely in partnership with police forces across Wales to reduce instances where other emergency services are awaiting an ambulance response.'

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