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Update from the Trust during the 24-hour period of Industrial Action by Unite the Union

02 April 2013

Update at 17.00 during the 24-hour period of industrial action by Unite the Union which started at 06.00 on 2 April 2013

Paul Mudd, Locality Director of Emergency Operations, said: “We are committed to minimising the level of disruption to our services during the 24-hour strike called by Unite the Union and our contingency plans remain focused on providing a safe, responsive and high-quality emergency service to patients.

“The strike action has involved less than 10 per cent of the total staff employed by the Trust and the vast majority of our staff have been working as normal, delivering safe services to patients across the region.

“The Trust recognises the legal right for those of our staff who are members of Unite to participate in industrial action, but our focus is to balance that right with the need to first safeguard patient care and safety. However, I do not believe that industrial action in this form is in the best interests of patients, and it is deeply concerning for a trade union representing ambulance service workers to strike without making any concessions to patient safety.

“Throughout the 24-hour period of the strike we will continue to monitor the situation closely and make every effort to get to patients as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining high standards of patient care.”

“The Trust continues to remind the public to use the service wisely for patients with serious and life-threatening conditions only during the 24-hour period of industrial action, and asks people to only call 999 for an ambulance in an emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening or serious illness or injury.  Anyone requiring advice or treatment for a non-emergency situation or minor ailment should consider options such as self-care, a visit to a local pharmacist, GP surgery or walk-in centre.

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