Ambulance staff on strike in England and Wales – BBC


Ambulance employees belonging to a few unions – GMB, Unison and Unite – are on strike in a dispute over pay.

Consistent with earlier industrial motion, life-threatening 999 calls might be attended to, however different emergencies might not be, or may face delays.

The largest day of business motion for the NHS on this dispute is about to occur on 6 February, when nurses will stroll out too.

Governments say the above-inflation pay rises requested are unaffordable.

Pay rises are determined by impartial pay overview our bodies.

NHS employees in England and Wales – together with nurses – have already obtained a median enhance of 4.75%. The bottom paid had been assured an increase of at the least £1,400.

The Welsh authorities supplied a one-off fee as a method to keep away from strike motion, however that was rejected by unions.

Fourteen well being unions, representing greater than one million NHS staff in England, have stated they may not work with the NHS Pay Assessment Physique on discussions concerning the subsequent (2023-24) pay deal till their present calls for are met.

In Scotland, a pay provide averaging 7.5% has been accepted by some unions.

In Northern Eire, the federal government has stated it would give a 4.5% uplift to pay, backdated to April 2022. That may be a below-inflation enhance for many staff. Pay disputes proceed.

Well being Secretary Steve Barclay stated Monday’s industrial motion was “massively disappointing” and regardless of contingency plans to mitigate dangers to affected person security, “there’ll inevitably be additional disruption”.

He added: “I’ve had constructive talks with unions about this coming 12 months’s pay course of for 2023-24, and am eager to proceed speaking about what’s reasonably priced and truthful.”

Talking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Unite basic secretary Sharon Graham stated the federal government was prepared to “speak about something, however they will not speak about pay”.

In the meantime, Unison basic secretary Christina McAnea stated a “answer” to the strike was “staring the federal government within the face”.

What 999 care might be supplied?

The recommendation stays to name 999 in an emergency.

Probably the most life-threatening conditions – equivalent to cardiac arrest – might be responded to by an ambulance.

Circumstances that are critical however not instantly life-threatening may not be attended immediately.

Much less pressing calls – equivalent to a lady in late-stage labour – won’t be prioritised.

Those that have a fall, or undergo different non-life-threatening accidents, are unlikely to obtain 999 care. The NHS 111 service is out there.

Chart showing the four emergency call categories

Which elements of the UK are affected?

Some ambulance employees within the GMB union are on strike within the West Midlands.

In the meantime the motion by Unison impacts London, Yorkshire and the north-west, north-east and south-west of England.

Members of Unite are strolling out within the West Midlands, East Midlands and north-west and north-east of England in addition to in Wales.

Future strikes are additionally deliberate.

When are the following strikes?

Ambulance belief staff might be putting on:

  • Tuesday 24 January – GMB (North West) ambulance staff
  • Thursday 26 January – Unite (in Northern Eire)
  • Monday 6 February – Unite (in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales), plus GMB ambulance staff and nurses
  • Thursday 16 February – Unite (in Northern Eire) plus GMB staff
  • Friday 17 February – Unite (in West Midlands and Northern Eire)
  • Monday 20 February – Unite (in East Midlands, North East and Wales) plus GMB staff
  • Wednesday 22 February – Unite (in North West)
  • Thursday 23 February – Unite (in Northern Eire)
  • Friday 24 February – Unite (in Northern Eire)
  • Monday 6 March – Unite (in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales) plus GMB staff
  • Monday 20 March – Unite (in North West, North East,West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales) plus GMB staff


What sufferers have to know

  • Individuals severely sick or injured, and whose life is in danger, ought to name 999 as ordinary, or name 111 for non-urgent care
  • Different companies, equivalent to some most cancers remedies or pressing testing, could also be partially staffed
  • Extra routine care is prone to be badly affected, together with deliberate operations equivalent to knee and hip replacements, neighborhood nursing companies and well being visiting
  • Anybody with an appointment not already rearranged ought to attend at their allotted time
  • GPs, neighborhood pharmacies and dentists might be unaffected

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