Ambulance strike: Union ‘taking steps’ to ensure cover


Steps are being taken to ensure a planned strike by ambulance workers will not result in emergency cover being withdrawn, the Unison trade union has said.

The union was responding to a newspaper report that a one-day stoppage on Friday March 13 would result in 999 calls going unanswered.

“Initial proposals for emergency cover” have been made, a spokeswoman said.

“This starts with the need for the Ambulance Service to identify those external ambulance responders to be deployed by them on the day.

“We are then asking them to identify what cover they have agreed with others. They are then to talk to us about any gaps.”

In a statement, the union added: “We are taking action because our health service in general and our ambulance service in particular is under immense pressure as a result of widespread cuts and a proposal to privatise a significant section of the ambulance service.

“It is not acceptable that speculation such as that appearing in the press today should be used against us when we have been forced to take one day of action to stand up for our NHS.”