Ambulance staff suspend strike for talks

Date Published : May 12th, 2016    Published By : admin

Ambulance staff in Waterford are suspending their industrial action over the National Emergency Operations Centre.

Their union, Unite, says the action will recommence, and possibly escalate, if there is not enough progress during talks.

960 Emergency Ambulance Vehicle at Night

The staff say that since the south east area was integrated into the National Emergency Operations Centre in Tallaght last summer, a number of issues have arisen which could put patient safety at risk.

Talks are due to begin on Thursday with management and a representative of the National Emergency Operations Centre.

Unite Regional Officer Tony Kelly said: “This morning, members commenced industrial action over the failure to resolve issues arising from new procedures which we believe could undermine patient safety. We have decided to suspend the action which started this morning to allow for further talks on Thursday. However, the action will recommence if the talks do not result in sufficient progress”.

“Our members are determined to ensure that the Waterford City and County ambulance service continues providing the highest levels of service to the public. Unite’s priority is to ensure and enhance patient safety,” Mr Kelly concluded.


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