Ambulance staff strike over shift patterns

York Press: Ambulance staff strike over shift patterns Ambulance staff strike over shift patterns

AMBULANCE staff are striking today over changes in shift patterns.

Yorkshire ambulance staff who are members of Unite plan to go on strike for four hours between 3pm and 7pm today over changes to shift patterns which will see them “forced to work 12 hour shifts” or going ten hours without a break.

On Saturday members also went out on a 24-hour strike.

Terry Cunliffe, from Unite, 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.”

However, the move has been condemned by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, describing the decision as reckless and ‘neglectful’ of patient care.

Unite ambulance members previously took strike action on April 2 and June 7 over concerns regarding patient safety. Chief executive of YAS, David Whiting said: “We continue to refute the misleading and factually incorrect claims being made by Unite the Union around patient safety.”

YAS said the strike could involve around eight per cent of the total staff employed by the Trust, with more members understood to be in West and South Yorkshire than in North Yorkshire.

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11:00am Mon 3 Feb 14

BL2 says...

Whilst I'm not sure that striking really achieves it's aims, I totally agree with the reason for taking action!
Whilst I'm not sure that striking really achieves it's aims, I totally agree with the reason for taking action! BL2

5:15pm Mon 3 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

It`s only workers in the public sector that can get away with striking these days. Everybody else is in fear of their jobs.
It`s only workers in the public sector that can get away with striking these days. Everybody else is in fear of their jobs. gwen4me

5:56pm Mon 3 Feb 14

BY Taxis says...

Gwen4me, and your point is??? I don't know of many private sector workers who risk life and limb on a daily basis? I don't know many who get abused and shouted at while doing their jobs? Do you actually believe these public servants have taken this decision lightly? This saga has been running for over 6 months, the ambulance service managment team don't appear to know their arse from their elbow. One minute they're cutting ambulances and increasing the number of rapid responders, which can't transport to hospital, and the next they're doing the exact opposite. Complete inept, ineffectual managment brought to you once again by the NHS.
Gwen4me, and your point is??? I don't know of many private sector workers who risk life and limb on a daily basis? I don't know many who get abused and shouted at while doing their jobs? Do you actually believe these public servants have taken this decision lightly? This saga has been running for over 6 months, the ambulance service managment team don't appear to know their arse from their elbow. One minute they're cutting ambulances and increasing the number of rapid responders, which can't transport to hospital, and the next they're doing the exact opposite. Complete inept, ineffectual managment brought to you once again by the NHS. BY Taxis

7:09pm Mon 3 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

BY Taxi,ambulance men don`t risk their lives, their mortality rate on the job is incredibly low. It is mealy mouthed in the extreme to talk about patient safety and then go on strike.
BY Taxi,ambulance men don`t risk their lives, their mortality rate on the job is incredibly low. It is mealy mouthed in the extreme to talk about patient safety and then go on strike. gwen4me

9:23am Tue 4 Feb 14

BY Taxis says...

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. For a start off "Ambulance Men" have the highest Mortality rates in the NHS, a 10 year study by the Welsh Ambulance Service re the ambulance service and pensions had to be abandoned after 5 years because none of those being studied made it past their 65th birthday. Do you think this is just a coincidence or down to the situations they have put themselves into every day during their working life?? How many private sector workers run the risk of injury every time they drive to an appointment?? Everytime they respond to an emergency there is risk. Commenting and casting aspersions regarding the actions of a group of people who you or your family may rely on in the future is shameful.
You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. For a start off "Ambulance Men" have the highest Mortality rates in the NHS, a 10 year study by the Welsh Ambulance Service re the ambulance service and pensions had to be abandoned after 5 years because none of those being studied made it past their 65th birthday. Do you think this is just a coincidence or down to the situations they have put themselves into every day during their working life?? How many private sector workers run the risk of injury every time they drive to an appointment?? Everytime they respond to an emergency there is risk. Commenting and casting aspersions regarding the actions of a group of people who you or your family may rely on in the future is shameful. BY Taxis

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