Escalation of Waterford ambulance action will not affect patient care

unite-white-out-of-redCity and county ambulance staff frustrated at failure to address concerns

April 14th: Trade union Unite today announced that members working for the Waterford City and County ambulance service are set to escalate their industrial action, which to date has involved non-cooperation with data collection.  The escalated action, which will not affect patient care, will involve staff refusing to work beyond the end of their shifts.  Shift hand-overs will take place on schedule, and the National Emergency Operations Centre will be informed by crew that full clinical patient handover has taken place in order to ensure continuity of care.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Tony Kelly said that staff were frustrated at the HSE’s ongoing failure to address their concerns and hoped that the escalated action would “focus the minds of management” on the need to find a resolution ahead of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.

“Unite’s priority remains to ensure that our members can provide patients with the very highest standards of service and care.  We believe that the new procedures introduced last September, together with an ongoing lack of resources, are undermining patient care.

“Our members have been left with no option but to escalate their industrial action, and they believe that a refusal to work beyond the end of their shift will highlight the need to inject more resources not only into the ambulance service, but also into the Emergency Departments where ambulance staff are delayed waiting for a patient to be admitted.

“We hope that this escalated action will focus the minds of HSE management on the need to find a resolution ahead of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission”, Tony Kelly said.

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