Yorkshire Ambulance Service whistle-blowers urged to highlight ‘dangerous incidents’

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Paramedics and members of the public are being encouraged to report ‘dangerous incidents’ involving ambulance delays on a new whistle-blowing website.

Trade union Unite has set up the new website, saying it has been prompted to do so because of ‘growing concerns around possible life-threatening issues at Yorkshire Ambulance Service’.

A spokesman for the union said it has already been ‘inundated’ with concerns from patients and the public about Yorkshire Ambulance Service. It said worries include emergency care assistants being sent out to emergencies without a qualified paramedic.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “Patient safety must come first and the public must have the right to blow the whistle if they feel this is being compromised. We are urging the public and staff to use our secure and confidential website if they believe they have issues of concern about the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.”

It was revealed earlier this month that Yorkshire Ambulance Service is facing fines of almost £4m for not reaching seriously-ill patients quickly enough.

The service is being penalised for failing to hit tough Government targets to get to 75 per cent of patients thought to be in a life-threatening condition within eight minutes.

The trust, which is in the process of making £10m cuts this year, is forecasting it will face a financial penalty from local clinical commissioning groups of around £3.8m by the end of the current financial year.

Service bosses have previously said they are ‘working hard’ to make improvements, while dealing with increasing demand. To visit the website, go to http://act.unitetheunion.org/page/s/yorkshire-ambulance-service.