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West Midlands Ambulance Cuts

Monday, February 22, 2016

GMB Fear £11.7m New Cuts In West Midlands Ambulance Service Leading To Support Staff Redundancies Will Impact On Ambulance Response Times

£20m cuts in 2 years for purely financial reasons is bound to put even more pressure on hard pressed staff which in turn we fear will impact on ambulance response times says GMB.

GMB, the union for the ambulance service, will attend a meeting on the 26th February to discuss the implications of £11.7m of cuts to the West Midlands Ambulance service.

The cuts follow £8.8m cuts for 2015/16 and the fears are that they will give rise to redundancies for a number of ambulance support staff, including losses to vital office and IT staff.

Colin Griffiths, GMB regional officer, said “The cuts in West Midlands Ambulance Trust have come as no surprise. We have been told they are due to financial pressures and Government funding cuts.

Ambulance response times in the West Midlands are already under pressure.

Taking out over £20m in 2 years from the budget of the ambulance service for purely financial reasons is bound to put even more pressure on hard pressed staff which in turn we fear will impact on ambulance response times.

GMB will be making this point forcefully at the forthcoming meetings.

We will work with the trust to minimise such job losses as much as possible and explore all available options. I would hope that frontline services will not be affected but can't guarantee. West Midlands Ambulance Trust provides first class patient care and we will do everything in our power to make sure this continues."

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Contact: Colin Griffiths on 07957 265612 or Samantha Jones on 07939 874272 or Rehana Azam on 07841 181656 or GMB Birmingham office on 0121 550 488 or GMB press office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823 or 07970 863411

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