Ambulance services should be properly funded and properly staffed to meet the needs of the population says GMB
GMB, the union for ambulance staff, commented on the news that Paul Sutton, CEO of the South East Coast Ambulance trust (SECAmb), has been placed on paid leave. (See notes for copy of Times article)
Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser, said “Ambulance services across the country have been facing financial pressures and have had to deal with problems like high turnover of staff, all of which have added up to problems meeting the response times targets.
GMB has consistently warned the government and Ambulance trusts that decreased funding would dramatically impact on response times and patient safety, with the potential for loss of life.
GMB want a categorical assurance from SECAmb NHS Trust and from trusts all over the UK that there will be no further cuts in funding or reduction in staff numbers operating over a 24 hour period, which has led to this response time crisis. Instead GMB want to see an ambulance service properly funded and properly staffed to meet the needs of the population and to ensure patient safety is maintained at all times regardless of the patients initial point of contact, such as the 111 service.”