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Ambulance Staff in North Yorkshire To Strike Again This Afternoon


6:01am 24th March 2014

Paramedics in North Yorkshire are set to walk out this afternoon between 3pm and 8pm.

It's the latest in a series of strikes over changes to shift patterns.

Unions claim staff could be working for ten hours without a meal break but ambulance bosses say the union is refusing to sit down and negotiate.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “Our members have shown amazing solidarity over the last year despite the hard line that an obstinate and blinkered management has continued to take."

“Our members don’t take strike action lightly – it has been a last resort – but they feel there are important issues at stake here involving patient and staff safety."

“Once again, Unite calls on the trust’s chief executive David Whiting and his senior management team to enter into meaningful talks – such discussions could only benefit the people of Yorkshire who should be his first priority.”

But the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said in a statement:

"Once again this will take place without any concessions for the most seriously ill and injured patients and we remain concerned over this type of action. We have continued to seek on-going dialogue with Unite the Union through Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)."

"Our focus will continue to be on safeguarding patient care and we are committed to minimising the level of disruption to our services.  Throughout the periods of industrial action we will be taking steps to maintain operational cover to sustain effective and safe services for patients calling upon us for emergency medical assistance."

"We will continue to make every effort to get to patients as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining high standards of patient care."

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