UNISON releases hard hitting campaign film over working conditions of frontline Ambulance staff in EEAS
‘You keep going because you care about your community and your patients, but who cares about us?’ Paramedic, East of England Ambulance Service.
UNISON surveyed over 900 frontline staff from the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS). The survey highlighted the impact on mental health, following a worsening in working conditions over the past year. The survey also highlighted hundreds of staff are now regularly working 14 and 15-hour shifts. Some staff had worked 18 or 19-hour shifts. Continue reading
The Trust has issued advice to management, letting them know the CQC will be visiting next week for no-notice inspections.
The CQC is the regulator of the Trust, so you can make a difference by letting them know your experiences.
‘On late finishes, staff regularly work 14-hour to 15-hour shifts, but no data has been available from the trust to the staff side since February last year. In September, the trust removed the staff support desk, which was there to provide support to staff who were working very long shifts. No data has been made available by the trust to the staff side on “tail breaches”—these very long delays in getting to patients. The trust claims an exemption under FOI. That is symptomatic of a trust that fails to be open with staff representatives and with the public it is supposed to be serving.’
Norman Lamb MP for north Norfolk. You can read the full Hansard record for this adjournment debate here.
UNISON continues to discuss with the Trust the issue of late finishes and we’ve been putting across the views of over 900 staff who completed our recent survey.
We’ve also been talking about other Trusts and have put forwards changes in EEAST, based on measures other Trusts are using to reduce late finishes to better support their staff and protect them from the pressures. Continue reading
At SPF (Staff Partnership Forum), UNISON brought to the executives attention a concern that some crews have been stood down in shops and/or service stations for their meal breaks and an email was circulated from management that set out this was business as usual.
The Trust has an agreement in place that crews can pick up food en route to their meal break. Continue reading