Reduces Ambulance Resources
THE impact of the continuing national pay
dispute is contributing to some delays for patients and performance,
according to North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Following on from the full strike between the hours of 7:00am and
11:00am, on Monday, 13 October 2014, staff are continuing with
dispute related action, in the form of an overtime ban, which is
resulting in some Ambulance beings unable to go out on the road due
to not having enough crews.
Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright, comments:- "The ban
is certainly having an impact on the Trust in terms of filling
overtime and getting vehicles available to respond but more
importantly, it is the patients who see the real impact when we
don't have enough Ambulances on the road. This leads to delays in
reaching those who need urgent emergency care. So we can reach as
many patients as possible, we are having to rely on volunteer
services to assist the Trust and while we are very grateful for
their help, this is not an ideal situation."
The impact is more noticeable in the Greater Manchester, which in
the last 48 hours, over 5 shifts, has had a total of 35 vehicles out
of action since the overtime ban came into force at 1100 on Monday.
In Cumbria and Lancashire, the figure is 21 and Cheshire and
Merseyside has seen 23 vehicles off the road. The Trust is
required to reach 75% of Red 1 and Red 2 incidents within 8 minutes,
but in the last 48 hours has only managed to achieve a performance
of 70.7% for Red 1 and 71.9% for Red 2 incidents. Derek added that:-
"We recognise and respect the right of our staff to take
action, but at this moment, our major concern is having enough
resources to be able to provide a service for our patients. We do
rely on the goodwill of our staff to volunteer for overtime shifts
to cover sickness, annual leave and vacancies and when that offer is
withdrawn, it does have an effect on patients."
The:- 111 service is operating normally and the Trust’s Patient
Transport Service has not seen any impact from extended action. The
Trust continues to ask the public to only call:- 999 in cases of
life threatening or serious emergencies and to consider seeking
advice from GPs, the:- 111 service or for minor conditions, their
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