AMBULANCE TRUSTS FORK OUT £31 MILLION IN REDUNDANCY PACKAGES SINCE 2010, GMB UNION ANALYSIS REVEALS
31 million pounds would pay almost 900 paramedics’ salaries for a year says GMB union
Ambulance bosses have spent more than £30 million of public money on redundancy payments, research by GMB, the union for ambulance workers, reveals.
The combined spend on redundancy and other forms of exit packages by the ten ambulance trusts in England since 2010 is an eye-watering £31 million.
During the last seven years, the North West Ambulance Service have spent a massive £7 million, while East England Ambulance Service has spent £6.5 million.
These figures came from a Freedom of Information request submitted to the ambulance trusts by GMB Union.
Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:
"It is hugely concerning that trusts’ increasingly scarce resources are being used in this way rather than on front line care.
“£31 million pounds would pay almost 900 paramedics' salaries for a year.
"Our members are there when we need them most. They deserve better than this.
“At a time when our emergency services are at breaking point we should be investing in them, not seeing them cut.
Contact: GMB Press office on 07958 156846 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
 Breakdown by ambulance employer here: www.gmb.org.uk/Ambulance-Trust-Redundancy-Spends.xlsx