Stress high on South Yorkshire ambulances, claims union after survey

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Ambulance workers in South Yorkshire are struggling with ‘worryingly high’ stress levels, a trade union has claimed.

More than 30 per cent of Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff who took part in a survey by Unison said they had taken time off due to work-related stress over the last year.

Christina McAnea, the union’s head of health, said: “Stress is a silent timebomb ticking away and it is unacceptable that such high levels are part of normal life for ambulance crews.

“It is clear the pressure caused by funding cuts is having an impact on patient safety.”

Over 480 Yorkshire Ambulance Service workers were polled. Unison called off a planned strike last month after bosses at the trust agreed to a series of demands around changes to shift patterns.