Meetings to explain ambulance concerns

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A trade union which represents South Yorkshire ambulance workers is planning a series of public meetings to discuss its dispute with bosses over budget cuts.

The Unite union has held unsuccessful talks with management at Yorkshire Ambulance Service after two strikes in April and June.

Members are unhappy about the introduction of emergency care assistants to work alongside paramedics, as well as the use of private ambulances firms.

Regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “We believe the trust, in its bid to slash its budget by £46 million in the next five years, is playing Russian roulette with patient safety.”

Dates for the meetings are yet to be fixed.