CQC report must hammer home the message things need to improve at East of England Ambulance Service

A damning Care Quality Commission report released today recommends that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust be placed in special measures. It uncovered a litany of complaints against senior leadership, accusing Trust managers of fostering bullying and abuse. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Sam Older said: “UNISON has been consistently raising issues around the culture […]

UNISON welcomes greater commitment to ambulance staff mental health

Eastern ambulance staff will have greater support and training alongside earlier intervention to protect their mental health as part of a new action plan announced this week. The action plan follows an independent investigation into the deaths of three East of England Ambulance Service Trust employees in a short space of time last November. Independent […]

UNISON secures pay boost for advanced paramedics

Advanced paramedics at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) will enjoy a pay rise worth thousands of pounds thanks to the hard work of local UNISON reps. They will move up a band in the pay scales following an agreement with the Trust which also means they’ll be able to reach the top […]

East of England Ambulance Service workers celebrate overtime holiday pay victory

NHS staff who regularly do extra hours can celebrate a landmark court victory ensuring their extra work is taken into account when their holiday pay is calculated, UNISON says today. The Court of Appeal has found in favour of a paramedic and 12 of his colleagues who all work for the East of England Ambulance […]

National ambulance specifications – make your voices heard

UNISON Eastern is urging ambulance staff to make their voices heard over a bid to introduce a uniform fleet design for double-crewed ambulances across England. Following last year’s Lord Carter review into operational productivity in England’s ambulance trusts, NHS Improvement has opened a consultation on a specific van-conversion ambulance style to do away with “unwarranted […]

UNISON says: Don’t make ambulance staff work into the grave

Frontline ambulance staff are currently expected to work until they’re 67. UNISON doesn’t believe that’s right. We spoke to UNISON reps John Hammond and Graham Hillman about why. Sign the petition here.

Ambulance reps fly the flag in Newmarket

UNISON activists were delighted to sign up 20 new members from across the East of England Ambulance Service at a two-day clinical briefing in Newmarket this week. Four branch reps went along to staff a UNISON stall, leaping on the opportunity to speak to the 400 attendees from all geographical and operational areas of the […]