The trust has this afternoon released a document to all staff implying it was shared with UNISON on 9th May. This is not the case.

Ambulance crews in the East of England Ambulance Service are struggling to cope.

At the public board meeting this week a document was included in the papers which raised a number of concerns for UNISON.

30 minute handover at acutes. 
“From the 6 June 2016, EEAST intends to implement the 30 minute hospital handover measure to protect patients in the community from handover delays. In simple terms, this will mean that if a crew has been waiting to hand over a patient at hospital for more than 30 minutes, and a 999 call comes in for which they are the closest resource, the crew can be instructed to leave the patient at the hospital and respond, if the risk to the patient in the community is greater. Sandy Brown has sent a letter to all Acute Hospitals, week commencing 9 May 2016 advising of our intention. A protocol and instruction flow chart will be communicated to staff to ensure they are empowered to make decisions at the hospital.”

Following several days of negotiations with ACAS last week, UNISON is now consulting with members over the Trust’s proposal.

UNISON has sent an email to all members eligible to be balloted over late finishes/meal breaks.

Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback via our survey, so we can represent your views.

If you have not received an email link, please contact UNISON direct on 0800 0 857 857 and update the email address we have for you. 

Kind regards,

Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary
East of England Ambulance Branch 20106

Following a number of weeks of negotiations between UNISON and the Trust, facilitated by ACAS, we have arrived at a position which we believe is genuinely beneficial and supportive of staff.

Following the submission of a UNISON supported collective grievance at the end of April, the Trust has agreed to change the way it applies Annex U.