When: 2 December 2014 at 3.30pm
Where: Portcullis House, Bridge St, London, SW1A 2LW
Trade unionists and health campaigners will hold a lawful demonstration in Westminster with a giant wheel of fortune to warn MPs that Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is putting patients at risk by silencing whistle blowers.
The lawful demonstration will take place outside an all-parliamentary briefing by YAS in Westminster. There are over 50 MP’s in the areas covered by YAS - including Nick Clegg’s David Davis’ and William Hague’s constituencies. There are also over twenty marginals representing all three major political parties, with small majorities, they now need to act in defence of their constituents.
Unite exposed plans by the ambulance service’s board that they believe puts lives at risk by sending out Emergency Care Assistants (ECA) without qualified paramedics to deal with possible patient emergencies. ECA’s receive only a fraction of the training of a qualified paramedic and are not trained to deal with emergencies.
Unite also exposed the board’s ‘flimsy’ business plan that shows that whilst demand for the service is rising, frontline services are being cut with a 10 per cent cut in the ambulance fleet by 2018 and a 5% cut in staff by 2018.
Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “Yorkshire Ambulance Service must ensure that no practice could be said to be gambling with patients’ lives. Unite is investigating a large number of complaints by patients.
“Unite is also investigating allegations of staff being pressurised into manipulating call out data to meet targets.
“It is a disgrace that staff who have blown the whistle on unsafe practices feel victimised by a failure to allow them full union representation. The bully boy attempt to gag the union of these workers will not stop Unite exposing the truth.”
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Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.