South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has been notified by Unison, Unite and GMB of their intention to strike for 12 hours on Thursday 29 January between 12pm – midnight, with GMB continuing action for 24 hours.
In addition, Unison and Unite will be taking action short of a strike until 24 February with suggestion of a 24 hour strike to follow on 25 February.
We recognise the right of our employees to strike but we need to maintain an essential service to the public, and in light of this action we are working closely with all our staff, partners and the public to help us reduce demand on our services.
This will help us to continue to protect our patients and achieve an adequate and safe level of 999, 111 and PTS cover. We will be working hard to get to our most life-threatening patients as a priority including cardiac arrests, choking, major bleeding, strokes and seizures. We will also prioritise those involved in road traffic collisions, maternity calls and where people have collapsed or fitted and are exposed to the elements in a public place. However, there may be a delay in getting to those patients in non-life threatening conditions.
We will continue to deploy and best utilise community responders as well as co-responder schemes who are in place all year round providing additional support to communities.
We will monitor the situation as it develops and take appropriate action.
SCAS would therefore encourage members of the public to think how they can use our services appropriately and only call 999 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