Disruption possible at the region’s ambulance service during industrial action (2 June)
31 May 2023
Some disruption is anticipated at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust during forthcoming industrial action (Friday 2 June) and the public are, once again, being asked to only dial 999 for an ambulance where a patient is in a life-threatening or very serious condition.
Strike action by members of Unite the Union is planned on Friday 2 June across all services, and A&E Operations (frontline emergency ambulances and 999 call handling) and NHS 111 are expected to experience the greatest impact.
This industrial action is part of a national pay dispute with the government.
Whilst we recognise and respect individuals’ legal right to participate in industrial action, our priority remains ensuring that patient and staff safety, welfare, dignity, and respect are maintained. Yorkshire Ambulance Service has put contingency plans in place to allow it to respond to life-threatening and very serious cases during the strike, and hopes that any disruption will be limited.
Nick Smith, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:
“It’s very important that people use our emergency service appropriately on Friday so that resources can be focused where they are needed, and particularly on very serious and life-threatening incidents.
“All of our services are likely to be disrupted, with a possibility of delays in emergency responses and telephone calls to 999 and NHS 111 being answered.
“We need the public to use our services wisely; we will be here for those who really need us, but you should only call 999 when someone is in a life-threatening or very serious condition.
“Patients waiting for an ambulance should only call back if their symptoms worsen or to cancel an ambulance if alternative transport has been arranged, so that our lines are available to take new emergency calls.”
“We also ask that people seek help and advice from alternative healthcare providers, including NHS 111 Online (111.nhs.uk), or by visiting a pharmacist.”
Notes to Editor:
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives around 3,500 emergency and routine calls per day and employs over 7,200 staff.
The Patient Transport Service made over 706,000 journeys in 2021-22 transporting eligible patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments. The Trust’s NHS 111 service helped around 1.7 million patients across Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during 2021-22. To find out more about YAS, please visit the website at www.yas.nhs.uk
Issued by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Press Office
Produced by: Corporate Communications Department