Long ambulance delays causing distress for patients and staff

There are real fears that staff and services will be unable to cope as demand inevitably increases. 

Paramedic in the back of an ambulance

Blog: Call 999 – the terrifying crisis in the ambulance service

We need them when things are at their worst, but demand on paramedics has been increasing, recently hidden by the pandemic. How can our first responders be helped?

Welfare of ambulance staff at risk as services face ‘unsustainable’ demand     

Ambulance trusts must provide urgent support

One Team 2k

UNISON’s London Ambulance Service staff on why everyone working in the NHS deserves a £2k pay rise

Magazine, UNISON on film on the Magazine site.

Ambulance staff in Northern Ireland to receive backdated pay boost, says UNISON

Hundreds of workers will see pay bands lifted

Photo of Stella Quentin at work in an NHS11 call centre

‘Managers are bringing tea to us’: inside the 111 service during COVID-19

‘On Saturday, I got through 26 calls in six hours. And I think only three were non-coronavirus. Now it feels like a relief to get a non-COVID call.’

Ambulance delays down to nine-year NHS funding squeeze

Ambulances queuing outside A&E departments have become a common and distressing sight. It’s frustrating for crews who need to be on their way to the next emergency call and worrying for patients waiting to be seen.

West Midlands Ambulance Service wins back contract

Bringing the 111 and 999 services together should lead to “real improvements” for both patients and staff

Bus lane fines for ambulance crews must end, says UNISON

Drivers being hit with penalties for rushing patients to hospital

There must be no hiding place for bullies in the ambulance service

Unhappy, bullied and harassed ambulance employees are in no one’s interest

Patient transport members vote on industrial action over two-tier workforce

Members recruited when Greater Manchester PTS was privately run are paid less with inferior terms and conditions

Inside the NHS’s winter crisis

The nation is in panic over the so-called ‘winter crisis’ in the NHS. But according to paramedic and UNISON member Jason Anderson, such pressures have become “the norm” for health staff on the frontline

Christmas deaths in Eastern England reveal true extent of winter crisis

Twenty grieving families will now, quite rightly, be demanding answers

UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay

NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay.

Emergency service workers need greater protection

No one should face violence, abuse and sexual harassment at work