Ambulance service prepares for strikes

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has taken steps to protect services throughout the strike action today(Fri) and on Monday by members of Unite the Union

Unite represents around 7% of Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff and, although recent industrial action involved less than 2% of the Trust’s workforce, the strikes between 3.00pm and 8.00pm today and Monday 17 February 2014 will 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 were 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.”

The dispute follows the Trust decision not to recognise Unite for collective bargaining.