Campaigners outside York hospital over ambulance concerns

Trade unionists and health campaigners gather outside York hospital on Friday 9 January 2015 to gather the views of visitors and patients amid growing concerns that  Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is putting patients at risk by silencing whistle blowers.

The union have a giant cardboard ambulance equipped with flashing lights to highlight the crisis facing the people of Yorkshire.

Unite has been inundated with concerns from patients, the public and employees about Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The union, set-up a whistle–blowers website for the public and workers across the whole of Yorkshire amid growing concerns around possible life threatening issues at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Concerns have been expressed by workers and the public over a number of months around possible life threatening issues at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Concerns have included:

  • Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) sent out to emergencies without a qualified paramedic
  • Concerns that here may be evidence that points to emergency codes being altered to reach targets
  • Concerns that staff who became whistle blowers and their union are being targeted and gagged
  • Concerns over the accuracy of Accounts.

Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail said: “Unite has been inundated with concerns from patients, the public and employees about Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

“ It is clear the service is in our view being locally mismanaged and is in crisis but instead of working collaboratively with staff to find solutions the service has gagged workers and buried its head in the sand. From planned cuts to the use of unqualified Emergency Care Assistants, dispatched without qualified paramedics, Unite has exposed plans that  may put lives at risk.

The service is responsible for 5 million potential patients and their safety should be the service’s top priority.”

A report appears in the Press of 10 Jan 2015 – The Press 10012015

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