AMBULANCE workers in Yorkshire warned yesterday that delayed arrivals at incidents are piling yet more pressure on them.
Public service union Unison says that ambulance responders — emergency cars which cannot transport patients — are waiting longer for ambulances to arrive.
Local Unison officer Ian Lawrence said: “The length of time on scene often with critically-ill patients is adding to the stress faced by staff.”
Unison is currently balloting 1,500 Yorkshire ambulance staff on industrial action over changes to shifts and workloads which it says are leaving staff “exhausted and stressed.”
Across the Pennines in north-west England, ambulance staff who are members of GMB have voted by 94 per cent in favour of industrial action including strike action.
GMB regional officer Ray Carrick said management had refused talks on issues including cuts in ambulance cover, mileage allowances, subsistence allowances and staffing of vehicles by “agreed clinicians.”
Union officials meet tomorrow to discuss what action to take.