Dec 21, 2022

Ambulance strike: Union fury over minister Steve Barclay's claims

Steve Barclay said unions had refused to work with the government at a national level on how they would cover emergency calls during strike action. In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Barclay accused ambulance unions of choosing to harm patients and making contingency planning more difficult. He later told BBC Breakfast ambulance unions had chosen to strike at a time "When the system is already facing very significant pressure" from increased flu and Covid admissions. Rachel Harrison, national secretary of the GMB union, said ambulance workers felt "Forced" to strike because they government had failed to listen to them. Unions representing ambulance workers want pay increases to keep up with the rising cost of living.

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