Staffing shake-up at A&E departments proposed

First published in News

PROPOSED changes to Accident & Emergency staffing at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are being put to employees today.

The trust, which covers 6,000 square miles, is planning to shake up the way it operates in order to balance its budget over the next five years and give patients “the best possible clinical outcomes”.

The proposals, described as final, include increasing the number of qualified paramedics over the next five years and retaining an existing tier of paramedics with additional clinical skills.

In addition, there are also plans to introduce emergency care assistants to work alongside paramedics on ambulances. These roles, which will see the assistants trained to drive under “blue light” circumstances, are already part of A&E services elsewhere.

The trust said the changes will not lead to a reduction in overall staffing and there will be no compulsory redundancies.

Other changes include pay protection arrangements that ensure A&E staff will not see a reduction in their current level of pay over the next five years and a commitment to remain aligned to the national terms and conditions of employment for NHS staff.

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2:44pm Mon 7 Jan 13

sparkseffect says...

"No compulsory redundancies" suggests that there will be some cuts to the front line. It'll be interesting to see what the paramedics and other ambulance staff think - or will they be risking their jobs if they dare to criticise "cost saving" management? Reports suggest that London Ambulance Service often don't have enough staff to respond to emergencies, and today's report of a delay in getting a baby to hospital in Telford was excused by management as "ambulance staff are entitled to take meal breaks undisturbed". Of course they are, but management should ensure that other crews are available to cover. Don't let the YAS suffer through badly planned cuts that affect the front line. By the way, your headline writer obviously hasn't read the story - it's about the ambulance service, not A&E departments at hospitals.
"No compulsory redundancies" suggests that there will be some cuts to the front line. It'll be interesting to see what the paramedics and other ambulance staff think - or will they be risking their jobs if they dare to criticise "cost saving" management? Reports suggest that London Ambulance Service often don't have enough staff to respond to emergencies, and today's report of a delay in getting a baby to hospital in Telford was excused by management as "ambulance staff are entitled to take meal breaks undisturbed". Of course they are, but management should ensure that other crews are available to cover. Don't let the YAS suffer through badly planned cuts that affect the front line. By the way, your headline writer obviously hasn't read the story - it's about the ambulance service, not A&E departments at hospitals. sparkseffect
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