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‘Unite the Union Industrial Action’      (From 15.00 on Saturday 17 May until 07.00 on Sunday 18 May 2014)

16 May 2014

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been notified of further industrial action by Unite the Union from 15.00 on Saturday 17 May until 07.00 on Sunday 18 May 2014.

Commenting, Ian Brandwood, Executive Director of HR at the Trust, said: “We are very disappointed that Unite the Union has decided to go ahead with strike action this weekend despite recent constructive talks with senior representatives at the union. 

“The Trust has taken all reasonable procedural steps to resolve the dispute and has fully cooperated with the course of action agreed with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). We have continued to liaise directly with senior Unite officials and ACAS throughout this week to try and avert the strike action. 

“Once again the industrial action will take place without any concessions for the most seriously ill and injured patients and we remain extremely concerned over this type of action.

“Our focus will continue to be on safeguarding patient care and we are committed to minimising the level of disruption to our services.  Throughout the period of industrial action we will be taking steps to maintain operational cover to sustain effective and safe services for patients calling upon us for emergency medical assistance.  We will continue to make every effort to get to patients as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining high standards of patient care.

“We would like to reassure members of the public that our contingency plans continue to focus on providing a safe, responsive and high-quality emergency service which remains the Trust’s top priority.
 
“We would appreciate the co-operation of the general public and would, once again, like to remind people to use our services wisely.  Please only call 999 for an ambulance when 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, contacting the NHS 111 urgent care service or their GP, visiting a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit.”
 
To find your nearest non-emergency service, visit http://www.nhs.uk/service-search or call NHS 111.
ENDS 

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