Ambulance service reassures public over strikes

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The South East Coast Ambulance Service has moved to reassure the public that Monday’s strike action will not effect its service (November 24).

Unison announced its members will strike over pay on Monday, from 7am for four hours.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said, “South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has been informed by trade unions that some members will be taking part in industrial action for four hours staring at 7am on Monday November 24.

“The industrial action is on national issues relating to pay and is not specifically related to SECAmb.

“We have been and continue to be in close discussions with representatives from our trade unions about the action and are committed to ensuring that during the industrial action the impact on patients is kept to a minimum.

“We would like to reassure the public that, as with any emergency situation, we have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and responsive service to those people who need us.

“We have agreed plans with our unions to protect patients requiring emergency assistance. These include staff choosing to take part in the industrial action to continuing to provide ‘life and limb’ cover and, in the event of a major incident being declared, all members on picket lines returning to full duties immediately.”