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Put back the Heart Campaign update... UNISON to take proposals to the Board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Monday, 30 March 2015 17:20

During the last week of March, a small group of Senior managers from HR, Ops, Clinical and EOC, met with us to look at addressing the top 3 stressors staff raised in our #PBTH survey: Late finishes, individual performance management (inc PDRs about performance rather than development), sickness management.

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More Than Meets The Eye – Campaign for Invisible Disabilities Awareness PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2015 08:40
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#PBTH Campaign update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Friday, 20 March 2015 13:29

#PBTH Campaign update

Starting on 23rd March, we have a week of meetings planned with a small group of Executives to look at addressing the top 3 issues staff raised in our #PBTH survey.

Staff told us these issues caused them high levels of stress, caused them to take time off sick, and made them consider leaving:

1. Late finishes.
2. Individual performance management (inc PDRs about performance rather than development).
3. Sickness management.

Almost a month ago we met with the Locality Directors (Rob Ashford, Matt Broad, Dave Fountain) to discuss the results from our #PBTH survey, and they promised to look at implementing something prior to the week of meetings to help ease late finishes, which we asked for as a gesture of good intent. This was also promised to staff in NTK on 26th February:

Although we're hopeful the week of meetings will bring in supportive measures for staff, it’s really disappointing the promised change to help ease late finishes has not materialised; the Put back the Heart campaign was started because of frustrations over lengthy timescales and broken promises from Senior management.

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Kind regards,


Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary
East of England Ambulance Branch 20106

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 13:02
TRUEresult Blood Glucose System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:29

TRUEresult Blood Glucose System

A considerable number of employees have contacted me with regard to a new, smaller blood sugar testing device that has appeared on our emergency vehicles. The majority of employees have voiced their concerns that the TRUEresult system is not suitable for use by healthcare professionals based upon what is written on the accompanying poster. I have viewed the poster and the reference appears to apply just to the lancet, which we will not be using. However there are other issues which I have become aware of and these have been notified to management in line with best practices.

Whenever the management intend to introduce changes to the workplace, practices, procedures or equipment, there is a requirement to consult with the health & safety representatives elected to represent the employees that will be affected by these proposed changes. This consultation does not appear to have taken place and so the appearance of the new device was unexpected. The Trust has stated that staffside had been involved with the procurement and evaluation of the new equipment but this is not the case. Unison have not been involved in the processes.

I have been informed that the reason for changing devices is because “The company no longer make the discs containing the test strips”. I have sent an email to Bayer to find out if this is because the test strips were no longer financially viable, unpopular or if there were other reasons.

Why we need a change of Government in May 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Applin   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:35


Why we need a change of Government in May 2015

I am writing to you as a UNISON member in the East of England Ambulance Branch living in a key constituency in advance of the upcoming general election in May.

Since the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition came to power after the general election of 2010, they have systematically attacked our public services.

You were told that money to fund the NHS would be "ring fenced" but this was a lie.  The total money provided possibly wasn't cut but funding has not increased to reflect the increased cost of healthcare or the increase in work our ambulance services and hospitals see on a day to day basis.  This has led to significant underinvestment and is essentially a cut in our eyes.

The East of England Ambulance Service has had to endure £50 million of efficiency savings over 5 years, this is just simple spin for the word cuts.  We have had some additional investment but only after extensive lobbying of regional MPs over our lack of resources and the negative publicity the Trust has received in the media.

The situation will only get worse if either a Conservative government or a coalition containing the Conservatives are elected on May 7th.  We have been told there is going to be a need for further austerity measures so health workers will still pay for the mess the banks got the country into.  These measures will further erode our public services and your ambulance service is firmly in the firing line.

A good example is we have already lost patient transport contracts to cheaper private providers who, despite the hard work of their staff, don’t aim to provide the quality of service that the NHS does.  What’s to say that privatisation of the 999 service won’t happen in the future - a frightening prospect I think you would agree.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:15
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