NORTH WEST JOBS AND PATIENTS AT RISK AS AMBULANCE SERVICE QUITS CONTRACT SAYS GMB
Ambulance transport service in Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington in jeopardy says GMB.
GMB, the union for ambulance workers, says patients and jobs are being put at risk after an ambulance trust announced it was quitting transport services in Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) won the five-year contract, reported to be worth around £25m, to provide a patient transport service for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral - previously held by North West Ambulance Service.
The contract should run until 2021, but WMAS has served notice to quit the contract early, citing a funding crisis.
GMB met with senior managers yesterday following calls from members reporting they had received a letter saying WMAS were giving notice to pull out of the contract.
Mike Buoey, GMB Organiser, said:
“West Midlands Ambulance Service made no attempt to consult with GMB before dropping this bombshell on our members who provide this vital service.
“WMAS say they will ditch the contract in 2019 and our concern now is for our members’ jobs and the vulnerable patients they transport.
“If a funding crisis is affecting the delivery of patient transport services in Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral, then both WMAS and the Commissioners will need to explain why they have allowed this to happen and put jobs and patient services at risk?”
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