GMB union, the union for public service workers, has spoken of the devastating impact of sustained government spending cuts on emergency services.
Speaking in Plymouth at GMB's 100th Congress, Rehana Azam, National Secretary for Public Services today said:
"It's in the darkest of circumstances that the dedication and commitment of public service workers shines brightest. But the lack of resources is the growing shadow that hangs over the work of the NHS police, ambulance and other public services.
"Our precious public services have been cut relentlessly with no regard for the risks and consequences to the public.
"Staff morale is at rock bottom and we have a recruitment and retention crisis as we struggle to patch up and make do with falling resources.
"The cuts have been a false economy and fail to understand that public services work as a team - by cutting support staff we weaken those out on the front line too.
"It's tragic events that unfortunately highlight that the chronic under-funding of our public services simply cannot continue."
Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at email@example.com
Note to editors
At lunchtime today Labour held a press conference about the impact of cuts on emergency services.