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Union protests over Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Members of a workers' union are to protest outside Hull Royal Infirmary later.

It's the latest in a campaign to highlight their concerns with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Unite say whistleblowers are being silenced.

It's the latest in a campaign to highlight their concerns with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Unite say whistleblowers are being silenced.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says staff are encouraged to use existing procedure to report concerns.

Rugby player left waiting for ambulance for more than two hours after breaking his leg in three places

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service has apologised after a rugby league player was left waiting for an ambulance for more than two hours after breaking his leg in three places. Adam Robson suffered the injury in a local cup final in North Hull at the weekend. During his wait witnesses said he was turning blue from hypothermia. One of those who went to his aid was his mother, who's a doctor. Helen Steel reports.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service feel the strain of Christmas illnesses

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people across the region to only call 999 for an ambulance in a medical emergency when it is obvious that someone has a serious or life-threatening illness or injury, due to a high volume of calls being made to the service.

Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations at the Trust, said:

The service has received hundreds of 999 calls this week for seasonal-related illnesses and incidents and we are treating a lot of patients with breathing difficulties as a result of cold and viruses.

As we approach a busy weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations and office parties we expect there to be a significant influx of calls to alcohol-related incidents.

These calls are in addition to other medical emergencies such as injuries from road traffic collisions, heart attacks and strokes.

Whilst many people do use our emergency service appropriately, some callers could be helped by other more appropriate healthcare services.”

We would ask people who are out and about to be conscious of how much they are drinking, eat beforehand and make sure they plan ahead for transport home.

We would like to thank members of the public for their support during this challenging period and recognise the efforts of our staff who are working extremely hard to provide services for our patients.

– Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations

Ambulance staff go out on strike

The walk-out takes place 3pm-9pm Credit: Press Association

Ambulance staff across Yorkshire are walking out on strike today. Around 400 members of the Unite Union are taking part in the action. The strike begins at 3pm and lasts for six hours. Yorkshire Ambulance Service says it's disappointed, but that the trust is making changes to address some of the concerns raised by staff.

Strike not designed to impact on the Tour

Yorkshire Ambulance service workers have voted to strike on the fifth and sixth of July - the weekend of the Tour De France. Four hundred members of the Unite union are embroiled in a long-running dispute over new working conditions and meal breaks.

The union says it has very real concerns about patient and staff safety and has denied that taking industrial action next weekend is a cynical ploy.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service disappointed by strike plans

Yorkshire Ambulance Service say they are disappointed at the decision by staff belonging to the Unite union to strike on the weekend of the Tour de France.

We are disappointed with the Unite the Union ballot result and the continued threat of industrial action. There is no mandate for strike action with less than 50% turnout from Unite members; only 177 people participated in the vote from our total workforce of over 4,600 staff. Strike action is certainly not in the best interests of our patients and we are disappointed that Unite continues to put patients at risk.

We would like to reassure members of the public that Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is committed to minimising the level of disruption to its services during any periods of industrial action and we have robust contingency plans in place to ensure we continue to provide responsive, effective and safe services for our patients.

– David Whiting, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service to strike on Grand Départ weekend

Staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service have voted to strike on the weekend of the Grand Départ leg of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff to strike

The union UNITE balloted members over the action which is the latest in a long running dispute over patient and staff safety issues.

Unite members working at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust voted by 84 per cent to strike between 06:00 and 23:59 on Saturday 5 July and on Sunday 6 July, starting at 18:00 and ending at 22:00.

The 400 members of the union represent less than ten per cent of the Trust's full staff.

Bosses at the Ambulance Service withdrew recognition from Unite as a union representing staff as a result of the continuing dispute.

Unite say staff are concerned about the introduction of elongated shift patterns. The union claim it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of staff exhaustion.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service: Threat of strike is 'disappointing'

Yorkshire Ambulance Service say the possibility of staff members striking is a 'disappointing' development in continuing discussions with union, Unison.

“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.

Developments to the Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) role formed part of a wider package which was discussed with Unison earlier this week and although they felt unable to agree to the changes as a whole, they did indicate that they were satisfied with this element of the proposal.

“It is disappointing that Unison has been unable to fully support us on this development, but we are committed to finding ways in which we can make things better for both our patients and our workforce and we will continue to work with our staff to do this.”

– David Whiting, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Yorkshire ambulance staff to be balloted over strike action

Yorkshire ambulance staff are threatening possible industrial action in a row over staffing.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service insist the change will not jeopardise patient safety but is simply a better use of resources.

But the union, Unison, say management plans to staff some ambulances with two Emergency Care Assistants - rather than having a fully qualified paramedic on board - will put patients at risk.

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