Industrial Action

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service continues to be affected by 24 hour industrial action which is scheduled to finish at 7 am on Thursday 19 December.

Today has been challenging but our crews and control staff have worked tirelessly to provide as immediate a service as possible to those whose need is greatest. They have been greatly assisted by support teams in each of our Divisions and in headquarters and we are proud that a real team effort has ensured a service to the ill and injured within our community.

Our night crews on the frontline and in Control are currently picking up where their colleagues have left off. They remain ready, whilst participating in industrial action, to respond as quickly as possible to those whose need is greatest.

For those with less serious illnesses or injuries we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible, however they may experience delays in response.

We would again ask people to consider other options before calling us but at the same time would stress the importance of dialling 999 immediately, should the situation require.

 

 

Industrial action planned in NIAS – Wednesday 18 December.

With industrial action planned across HSC on Wednesday 18 December, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service anticipates significant disruption to our Service throughout the 24 hour period of action.

NIAS has been engaging constructively with Trade Union colleagues to ensure, as far as possible, a response to the most clinically urgent calls and to cancer, renal and palliative patients.

NIAS, with the resources that will be available to us on the day, will prioritise calls to provide the quickest and most appropriate response to meet the clinical needs of patients.

Calls to the 999 service which are less serious in nature, potentially, face a delay in response times and NIAS would ask for patience from callers in this regard.

As always NIAS would encourage callers to consider other options open to them in relation to their care, including self-care (using the online A-Z symptom checker, click shorturl.at/frLPV ); seeking pharmacy advice, contacting your GP or self-presentation at Emergency Departments. By so doing, you will help keep ambulances free for emergencies, particularly during this challenging period.

However if you believe you need to call 999, please do not hesitate.

NIAS acknowledges the commitment and dedication of all our staff on a daily basis to provide the best possible care for patients and thank them for their co-operation during this period of industrial action.

Industrial action planned in NIAS – Saturday 30, November 2019.

NIAS has received notification from UNISON of their intention to take industrial action, short of strike, on Saturday 30 November 2019 for 24 hours, commencing at 07:00. The action will consist of an overtime ban.

Pressures on the ambulance service throughout the year are widely reported, we anticipate that the 30th November will be a challenge. Accordingly we will prioritise immediately life threatening calls to ensure they receive the quickest response and would ask for patience from those who may call us as a result of less serious illness or injury. If you believe you require an ambulance do not hesitate to dial 999 immediately.

Alternatively consider other options open to you including self-care; seeking pharmacy advice or self-presentation at Emergency Departments. By so doing, you will help keep ambulances free for emergencies, particularly during this challenging period.

NIAS will, throughout the period of industrial action across the HSC, post regular updates on our website and social media channels.

Staff on duty, across the Service, will work tirelessly throughout the day to provide the most timely response to address the needs of all who require our help.

In advance, we would take this opportunity to thank you for your patience over this weekend and any other periods of industrial action over the winter period, which in itself is a particularly busy time for NIAS and other colleagues across the HSC system.

 


 

Industrial action will commence across the HSC on 25 November 2019.

NIAS has received notification from UNISON of their intention to take industrial action, short of strike, on Saturday 30 November 2019 for 24 hours, commencing at 07:00. The action will consist of an overtime ban. We anticipate that the day will be a challenge. Accordingly we will prioritise immediately life threatening calls to ensure they receive the quickest response.

However, industrial action throughout the week, within the other five HSC Trusts, has the potential to impact on our ability to respond to calls as promptly as we would like. We will, again, prioritise life-threatening calls and would ask for patience from those who may call us as a result of less serious illness or injury.

If you believe you require an ambulance, do not hesitate to dial 999.

Alternatively consider other options open to you including self-care; seeking pharmacy advice or self-presentation at Emergency Departments. By so doing, you will help keep ambulances free for real emergencies, particular during this challenging period.

NIAS will, throughout the period of industrial action across the HSC, post regular updates on our website and social media channels.

For specific information re local services in Trust Areas you can visit their websites;

http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net

http://www.belfasttrust.hscni.net

http://www.setrust.hscni.net

http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net

http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net

More general information will be made available on:

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk

http://www.hscboard.hscni.net