Am­bu­lance staff bal­loted

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Am­bu­lance staff are be­ing bal­loted for in­dus­trial ac­tion af­ter a union claimed one staff mem­ber had worked for 36 hours on one shift.

Lead­ers of the Unite trade union hit out at the “dan­ger­ously long work­ing hours” be­ing un­der­taken by per­son­nel in the north di­vi­sion of the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (SAS).

While shifts should last for 12 hours, the union claimed one SAS em­ployee in the re­gion – which cov­ers both the High­lands and Islands and Grampian – had worked for three times this, while an­other had been on shift for 23 hours.

Tommy Camp­bell, Unite re­gional of­fice, said it was a “na­tional scan­dal” that some in the ser­vice were work­ing such long hours, claim­ing paramedics who want to serve the pub­lic are be­ing “ex­ploited”.

The union is to carry out a con­sul­ta­tive bal­lot on in­dus­trial ac­tion among its mem­bers in the SAS in the north di­vi­sion.

It claims such “ex­treme shifts over­runs” can cause stress and tired­ness amongst work­ers, adding that “ex­ces­sive vacancies” are lead­ing to staff hav­ing to work over­time.

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