Ambulance staff balloted on strike action

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Yorkshire ambulance staff are being balloted on strike action over changes in shift patterns which it is claimed could mean paramedics working 10 hours without a full meal break.

The Unite union says the proposed shift patterns affecting its 450 members at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust re not family friendly and will lead to an overtired workforce.

But, ambulance service managers claim the new rotas would improve the allocation of rest breaks and reduce shift over-runs.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “Our members, who are doing their best for the Yorkshire public in very difficult circumstances.

“The latest erosion in their employment conditions is the demand to work elongated shifts which could mean them working more than 10 hours on the trot.”

The new rotas are due to take effect from next month.