South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) was notified by Unison, Unite and GMB of their intention to strike on Thursday 29 January.
Following talks between unions and the government we would like to confirm that the Industrial Action which was scheduled for tomorrow has been suspended. We welcome the suspension which means we can concentrate on business as usual.
We recognise the right of our employees to strike and in light of this action we had been continuing to work closely with all our staff, partners and the public to help us reduce demand on our services and help us to continue to protect our patients and achieve an adequate and safe level of 999, 111 and PTS cover.
It remains incredibly important that members of the public think how they can use our services appropriately, ensuring that 999 is only used if absolutely essential. If you are suffering an injury or illness which is non-life threatening there are other avenues of care available to you, you could:
Visit your local pharmacy
Contact your GP or out of hours GP
Walk in centres and Minor Injuries Units
Access NHS Choices online to check your symptoms and find your nearest service.
Watch ‘999 South Central’ at www.999southcentral.co.uk, think before you dial, Misuse Costs Lives.