Health officials have warned they cannot guarantee patient safety when the ambulance workers went on strike on Wednesday, since Rishi Sunak refused to reopen this year’s NHS payment deal.
Health secretary Steve Barclay met ambulance unions on Tuesday to discuss the cover for 999 calls during the strike in England and Wales, but negotiations broke down down with warnings that people could die How result of payment dispute.
“There will be delays, there will be significant impact, and lives may be lost,” he said. one ally of Barclay. Trade unions must take responsibility for what. This is their strike.
christina makeney, general secretary of Unison union responded by saying: “It is the ministers who put the people living in risk refusing to negotiate with unions. Without due pay riseescalation of action looks likely in in new year”.
Sir Stephen Powys, NHS England national medical director said people could help avoid straining emergency services, “taking reasonable steps to protect yourself and others”, including through “responsible drinking”.
Will Quince, health minister called public to avoid “any risky activity” during the ambulance strike.
About 10,000 ambulance workers strike in England and Wales are the largest challenge for now for in prime minister like workers in in public and private industries respond to cost of life crisis, demanding higher to pay.
government deploys 600 military personnel to drive ambulances during a strike organized by unions Unison, Unite and GMB.
In a letter to Sunak, the NHS Confederation and NHS providers who represent healthcare organizations across the UK warned of “the deep concern of NHS leaders about the level of of harm and risk what could occur patients tomorrow and beyond” during the strike.
Matthew Taylor, Executive Director of The NHS Confederation insisted that this was not something NHS leaders would say flippantly, “but some are now saying us that they can’t guarantee patient safety tomorrow”.
NHS Confederation and NHS providers urge Sunak to start negotiations on to pay with unions to stop strikes.
But Sunak told MPs that any discussion on to pay should to be in context of next year, a settlement agreement that applies from April 2023, adding that he was married to current independent review body process.
In July government recommendations from NHS accepted review body for most medical workers in England will get an apartmentrate wage increase of £1,400, backdated to April. This is an increase of about 4 percent in average basic to pay of NHS workers.
King’s College of nursing, which organized second nurses’ strike in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday after the strike last a week, demanding a pay rise of 19 percent. Ambulance unions want pay rise corresponds to inflation.
“Our door is always open for communication with everyone, and we will constructively how we come to these things in futureSunak said, adding that the wage cap is necessary to keep high inflation in check.
Onai Kasab, Unity national lead the officer who attended the meeting with Barclay said health secretary refused to discuss payment.
Rachel Harrison, GMB national secretary protected time of strikes by ambulance workers claiming that the staff is experiencing “stress, burnout, exhaustion”.
Lid for 999 calls on The environment should be relatively homogeneous across regions, with most ambulance services plan to respond to life-threatening “categories one”call accidents and the most serious emergencies of the “second category” after the agreements reached with unions.
In England north-west and north-East, for for example, the second category call- Outlets where an ambulance will be sent to include birth complications, heart-related chest pain, and pediatric emergencies.
However, highlighting the complex backdrop of Wednesday’s strike, five ambulance services across the country – in London, South East Coast, East, Yorkshire and northEast – said “business succession” or “critical” incidents: status is called when services risk of be overloaded.
Meanwhile Pat Cullen, RCN general secretary warned that the clock was ticking down for sunak k avoid further actions of nurses.
“There are two days for us meet and begin to change it for Christmas,” she said. “By Friday, we will announce dates and hospitals. for strike next month.”
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown became latest The Conservative MP calls for a compromise. He said the ministers were “repeating” phrases about following the recommendations. of to pay review body was “unreal”.
While Sunak took a hard line, public opinion seems support striking NHS workers. About two thirds of people polled by YouGov said they supported the strike of nurses and ambulance workers.
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