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GMB On Job Losses At Eeast

Monday, September 2, 2013

Clinical Commissioning Group Should Fund Getting East Of England Ambulance Service Back On Track As Trust Announce Job Losses

We have seen a large number of patients that have received a very poor service from the trust and complaints from the public have risen by 71% over the past year says GMB

GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, commented on reports that East Of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) are planning to make decisions about redundancies in November 2013. See notes to editors for copy of report from BBC.

Rehana Azan GMB national Officer for NHS said “It is clear that EEAST performance over the past few years has been unacceptable.

GMB launched its campaign to highlight the issues over two years ago.

We have seen a large number of patients that have received a very poor service from the trust and complaints from the public have risen by 71% over the past year.

This service is in need of a total rethink in the way it is managed. EEAST staff management is some of the poorest to be seen. Many GMB members do not have any faith in the team in place and feel bullied by managers

The sick rate in EEAS is high. This can be attributed to the staff not being supported and that the shifts that staff now work leaves no time to rest and the cancelling and refusal to allow staff to take holiday amongst many other issues.

The simple facts here is that this service has been left to rot, The service needs more staff on the road helping patients and an improvement to the systems in place.

Staff are now being told that they will pay the price for mis-management with cuts to jobs

As we see it the service need all the help it can get and the Clinical Commissioning Group’s should be making funds available to get the service back on track.

GMB will take part in the consultations and make there points forcefully”.

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Contact: Rehana Azam 07841 181 656 or 01462 499 650  

Notes to Editors:

Report on BBC 30th August 2013

Ambulance bosses warn of compulsory redundancies. A decision about any redundancies will be announced by the ambulance trust in November

An ambulance trust looking to cut staff has said there could be compulsory redundancies if not enough people volunteer to leave.

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) Trust bosses want to reduce the number of backroom staff and private ambulances to save £20m.

They say the money would be invested in more ambulances and paramedics.

The consultation period is due to start, with a decision about redundancies being made by November.

Redundancy 'unwelcome'

Interim chief executive Andrew Morgan said: "We are trying to move money from one part of the organisation - the support functions - into direct frontline patient care.

"We need more ambulances on the road, and to do that we need to employ more paramedics, clinicians or care assistants - that's where the money is going to go."

He added: "There's always a risk that we may have to go down the compulsory redundancy route - I'd like to avoid that."

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, and also a health minister, said it was "critical" to have investment in frontline services.

"If the organisation is too fat at the management level and at the administrative level, then that has to be addressed," he said.

"The principle is clear: the trust has to go about it in a proper way - it has to fully consult staff."

Gary Aplin, Unison's branch secretary for the EEAS, said any redundancies would be "unwelcome".

"Morale level with the uncertainty that this is obviously going to throw up is going to degrade further.

The trust, which covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, was ordered to improve by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March after its response times deteriorated.

Mr Morgan then put in place a "turnaround plan" which included measures such as recruiting more paramedics, tackling sickness and restructuring management.

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