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'Use 999 Service Wisely During Strike Action'

21 March 2014

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has taken steps to protect its services throughout the latest periods of planned strike action by members of Unite the Union, but bosses are still urging the general public to use the emergency service wisely.
Unite the Union represents around 7% of Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff and, although recent industrial action involved less than 2% of the Trust’s workforce. The strikes will take place between 3.00pm and 8.00pm on Friday 21, Monday 24 March and Saturday 29 March and between 3.00am and 5.00am on Monday 31 March 2014. They will, once again, take place without any concessions from Unite for the most seriously ill and injured patients.

David Whiting, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Our plans to maintain high standards of patient care and minimise any impact from previous episodes of strike action have been effective and we have taken steps to ensure our service remains just as resilient this time.
“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 111.

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