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NHS Strikes: Picket line at Wilford Ambulance Station on massive day of industrial action

Members of ambulance workers’ unions including Unison and GMB take strike action on the same day that nurses are out on strike.

The biggest day of industrial action in the NHS’ 75-year history sees industrial action over pay across England – ambulance workers and nurses are taking strike action today Monday 6 February.

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UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“After promising everyone a quicker pay review body process, the secretary of state’s own department failed to get its evidence in on time earlier this month.

“Ministers must stop fobbing the public off with promises of a better NHS, while not lifting a finger to solve the staffing emergency staring them in the face.

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“The government must stop playing games. Rishi Sunak wants the public to believe ministers are doing all they can to resolve the dispute. They’re not.

“There are no pay talks, and the prime minister must stop trying to hoodwink the public. It’s time for some honesty. Ministers are doing precisely nothing to end the dispute.

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“The government’s tactics seem to be to dig in, wait months for the pay review body report and hope the dispute goes away. It won’t. And in the meantime, staff will carry on quitting, and patients being let down.

@westbridgfordwirenews Members of ambulance workers’ unions including Unison take strike action on the same day that nurses are out on strike. . The biggest day of industrial action in the NHS’ 75-year history sees industrial action over pay across England – ambulance workers and nurses are taking strike action today Monday 6 February. . UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “After promising everyone a quicker pay review body process, the secretary of state’s own department failed to get its evidence in on time earlier this month. “Ministers must stop fobbing the public off with promises of a better NHS, while not lifting a finger to solve the staffing emergency staring them in the face. “The government must stop playing games. Rishi Sunak wants the public to believe ministers are doing all they can to resolve the dispute. They’re not. “There are no pay talks, and the prime minister must stop trying to hoodwink the public. It’s time for some honesty. Ministers are doing precisely nothing to end the dispute. “The government’s tactics seem to be to dig in, wait months for the pay review body report and hope the dispute goes away. It won’t. And in the meantime, staff will carry on quitting, and patients being let down. . #nottingham #foryoupage #fyp #nursesstrike2023 #nursestrike #nhs #nhsnurse #nhsstrike #notts #nottinghamshire #westbridgford #tiktokuk #ambulance #ambulancestrike #ambulancestrikeuk #westbridgford ♬ original sound – West Bridgford Wire News

“There can be no health service without the staff to run it. Ministers must open proper talks to end the dispute and put in place the urgent retention plan needed to boost pay and staffing across the NHS.”

Ben Holdaway, Director of Operations at EMAS said:

“Previous industrial action days at EMAS have been immensely challenging, and we expect the same again on Monday and Tuesday.

“We continue to work closely with trade union colleagues, and NHS and blue-light service providers across the region to do all we can to minimise the impact on patient safety. However, we anticipate that during action there will be fewer ambulances available and therefore our response to our patients will, inevitably, be much slower on the day.

“As we head towards the weekend, the NHS remains open and people are asked not to store up their health conditions or soldier on if they become unwell or injured – seek early advice from your local pharmacist, NHS111 Online, via your GP or Urgent Treatment Centre; and if you have a long-term condition, ensure you continue to take your routine medication as advised by your GP.

“During industrial action we will continue to carefully assess and prioritise an ambulance response for those who need it most.

“It is important that the public use services wisely and make their own way to a treatment centre or hospital if safe to do so; this allows us to send our ambulances with life-saving equipment and clinicians on board to people who really need them.”

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