Essential ambulance services maintained during strike

East Midlands Ambulance Service have maintained emergency 999 and essential Patient Transport Services despite today’s industrial action.

David Farrelly, acting chief executive of EMAS said they had been working very closely with Trade Unions to ensure that it would be maintained.

“I thank our staff for their feedback about their intentions to strike or not, which has helped us to make the right plans so we can continue to provide a safe service to local communities.

“For those that have chosen to strike, I know that they have not made the decision lightly and we respect their right to take action. However, I am pleased to say that we have been able to cover the shortfalls that have arisen. This has been achieved by bringing additional staff on duty as well as clinically qualified managers providing support on the road.

“We are confident that this position will be maintained for the rest of today and if so this will help us keep disruption to an absolute minimum. However, we remind people to only dial 999 in a life threatening emergency, and be aware of the alternative ways of getting medical help. Details of local services can be accessed via www.nhs.uk

”In addition to our local plans, we have worked very closely with colleagues in the other healthcare services across the East Midlands, and I thank them for their continued support.”