Further NHS woes as union barons announce 10 new strikes by ambulance workers

A series of fresh strikes by ambulance workers have been announced by Unite to escalate a bitter dispute over pay and staffing.

The union said its members are from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland 10 more strikes in the coming weeks, warning that additional dates could be announced soon.

Unite ambulance workers are already set to walk out next Monday as the bitter row with the government continues to stall.

United general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Rather work to protect it. NHS And to end the conflict, the government shamefully chose to demonize the ambulance workers.

“Ministers are deliberately misleading the public about life and limb cover and who is responsible for excess deaths.

“Our members faithfully provide life and limb cover during strike days and it is not the unions that are not providing minimum service levels.

“It is this government’s disastrous handling of the NHS that has brought it to breaking point, and as crisis piles on crisis, the Prime Minister appears to be washing her hands of the controversy. What a disgrace. Should the leadership be relinquished?”

The newly announced strike action will involve Unite members in the North West, North East, East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Unite said that, as with previous strikes, its representatives would work to agree a waiver at the regional level to ensure that emergency life and limb were covered during the action.

Other cuts will ensure that patients who need life-saving treatments, such as kidney care and cancer treatments, get to their appointments, the union said.

Muttahida official One Kassab said: “The resolution of this dispute is in the hands of the government.

“This dispute will only be resolved once it enters into proper negotiations regarding the current salary dispute.

“Continued attempts by the government to kick Kane down the road and talk of a one-off payment, or a small increase in future salaries, are not enough to resolve this dispute.”

Unite has given details of when its members employed by various ambulance trusts will go on strike.

West Midlands: 6 and 17 February and 6 and 20 March. Northeast: 6 and 20 February and 6 and 20 March. East Midlands: 6 and 20 February and 6 and 20 March. Wales: 6 and 20 February and 6 and 20 March. Northwest: February 6 and 22 and March 6 and March 20. Northern Ireland: 26 January and 16, 17, 23 and 24 February.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing and ambulance workers in the GMB are on strike on 6 February, while the GMB has also gone on strike on 20 February as well as 6 and 20 March.

More to follow.

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