Members have to use car park in Fairlop that has no security, is not lit at night and has no facilities, which they have to use as late as 4am and this is not acceptable says GMB London
GMB, the union for ambulance staff, is demanding toilet facilities for members working for G4S Ambulance on the Patient Transport Service at King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
This follows reports last week that staff working on the G4S ambulance contract have to park their ambulances in a car park with no security, crews have been told to urinate in a bush as there are no toilet facilities. In addition to this, G4S control made ambulance crews aware that the car park is a well know ‘public sex’ site. This is not acceptable.
G4S Ambulance, who run the Barking, Havering and Redbridge (BHR) University Hospitals Patient Transport Service, have known for 2 years that their accommodation in Hainault, Essex was to close and have not provided a safe alternative.
Dave Powell, GMB Regional Officer said:
“GMB members and other staff have to park their ambulances and their vehicles in a car park in Fairlop that has no security, is not lit at night and has no facilities, which they have to use as late as 4am.
The crews have spoken to G4S to complain about the lack of toilet facilities and were told to ‘urinate behind a bush,’ a totally unacceptable response.
We have also been told by G4S that the car park is a well known site used for ‘public sex’.
The company have all but ignored GMB members concerns and we believe this is a serious breach of the health, safety and welfare of our members.
A rest area has been made available at Queen’s hospital but our members have to take breaks with clients and use patient toilets, yet another health and safety breach.”