Ambulance staff to go on strike

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Ambulance staff will stage a 24-hour strike this Saturday in a dispute over working conditions.

Unite the Union members at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust also voted to stage a walk out on Monday 3 February from 3pm until 7pm.

The strike action, sparked by a change which could see paramedics working 12-hour shifts, will affect residents in Bridlington and across Yorkshire.

Unite the Union regional officer Terry Cunliffe 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.”

The union claim paramedics could be expected to work up to 10-hours without a meal break.

Ian Brandwood, executive director of People and Engagement at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “We are disappointed with the Unite the Union ballot result. There is no mandate for strike action with only 40% turnout from Unite members; only 150 people participated in the vote from our total workforce of over 4,600.

“Strike action is certainly not in the best interests of our patients and it reflects the thoughtless conduct of Unite.

“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.”

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