Ambulance strike still expected this weekend

York Press: Ambulance strike still expected this weekend Ambulance strike still expected this weekend

DISCUSSIONS over a planned strike during the Grand Depart by Yorkshire Ambulance workers are ongoing, the service has said.

Members of Unite the union within the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), announced strike action would take place this weekend over a working conditions disagreement, despite health chiefs warning

YAS yesterday announced more staff and vehicles would be on the road, more paramedics on motorbikes, additional air ambulance support, and Community Medical Units in key locations around the region.

Ian Walton, Associate Director for Resilience and Special Services at YAS, said staff were "fully committed" to providing "a safe and secure event", and was working with Tour organisers to do so.

He said: "Yorkshire Ambulance Service has robust contingency plans in place to provide responsive and effective care over the Grand Départ weekend. Patient safety remains the Trust’s highest priority.

“We’d like to reassure everyone that we have a comprehensive plan in place and we continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we are prepared before, during and after the event. We are committed to minimising the level of disruption to our service and have taken comprehensive steps to ensure we maintain operational cover and sustain effective and safe services for patients calling upon us.”

A Unite spokesman said: "Unite offered to hold talks with the YAS management on this dispute the day we issued the notice for strike action last Friday. The management has yet to respond to this offer of talks on the important issues of patient safety and staff welfare."

Advice from the YAS for those attending the event includes:

- Make sure you have appropriate clothing, no matter what the weather. Bring sun cream, a hat, water and suitable footwear.

- Make sure you’re aware of where you can get medical care at spectator hubs.

- Pack your medication

- Only phone 999 in life-threatening situations. NHS 111 should be phoned for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses.

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4:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

muckybutt says...

Ambulance and Fire services should not be allowed to strike like the Police aren't. These are life critical services for goodness sake.
All political clap trap by the useless unions.
Ambulance and Fire services should not be allowed to strike like the Police aren't. These are life critical services for goodness sake. All political clap trap by the useless unions. muckybutt
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5:36pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

muckybutt wrote:
Ambulance and Fire services should not be allowed to strike like the Police aren't. These are life critical services for goodness sake.
All political clap trap by the useless unions.
You obviously have no idea what you are commenting on. They may well be 'life critical services' but they are still entitled to a half decent working life. If you think working 12-14 hours a day with no break, rest or food is acceptable then I suggest you are on the wrong planet. The ambulance service front line staff are being walked over and treated like dirt by the managemanet. They deserve a better wage and working day as do all health workers.
And if you want to believe the ambulance service hype about having 'contingencies in place for the tour de france' then think again. Every day is a crisis with the garbage vehicles and lack of manpower. Good luck dialing 999 on the day!!
[quote][p][bold]muckybutt[/bold] wrote: Ambulance and Fire services should not be allowed to strike like the Police aren't. These are life critical services for goodness sake. All political clap trap by the useless unions.[/p][/quote]You obviously have no idea what you are commenting on. They may well be 'life critical services' but they are still entitled to a half decent working life. If you think working 12-14 hours a day with no break, rest or food is acceptable then I suggest you are on the wrong planet. The ambulance service front line staff are being walked over and treated like dirt by the managemanet. They deserve a better wage and working day as do all health workers. And if you want to believe the ambulance service hype about having 'contingencies in place for the tour de france' then think again. Every day is a crisis with the garbage vehicles and lack of manpower. Good luck dialing 999 on the day!! Miles Davis
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

againstthecuts says...

Now unison have been give the go ahead for strike action as well. Which means if both unions unite and unison strike on same day the service will be in huge trouble
Now unison have been give the go ahead for strike action as well. Which means if both unions unite and unison strike on same day the service will be in huge trouble againstthecuts
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7:52pm Fri 4 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

Utter disgrace to strike at a time like this.

I genuinely hate the abuse of power by these Unions, they try it whenever there is an event.
Utter disgrace to strike at a time like this. I genuinely hate the abuse of power by these Unions, they try it whenever there is an event. eeoodares
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