Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ambulance Crews Striking on Monday 13th October

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has received confirmation from trade unions that members will be taking part in industrial action starting at 7am on Monday (13th October). The action will take the form of a strike between 7-11am and is part of a national dispute over NHS pay.

At the moment, the Trust does not know how many staff will take industrial action but it is likely that the service will experience a reduction in its available workforce during these hours on Monday.

Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer for Resilience and Specialist Operations said: “A considerable amount of contingency planning has taken place in preparation for this strike.  We have been working closely with our union colleagues to ensure that those who need an emergency ambulance response get one.”

He continued: “However, there is likely to be some disruption to the 999 service and as always we are urging the public to think about using alternative services especially during the hours of strike action. If you need medical help but it is not an emergency, consider your options, such as calling 111, contacting your GP or visiting your local pharmacist. This will help keep ambulances available to those in the greatest need.”