Response times hit by walkout

A packed Barkers Pools for the TUC day of action over pensions
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AMBULANCE response times were slowed as hundreds of emergency workers walked out on strike.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service focused their attentions on life-threatening situations - but admitted it took ‘a little longer than normal’ to respond.

YAS chief executive David Whiting said staff and volunteers were ‘working extremely hard’ to provide emergency medical assistance.

Sheffield’s five adult hospitals cancelled non-urgent procedures and appointments and asked people to stay away from A&E except in an emergency.

Around five per cent of Unison’s workforce agreed not to strike in order to maintain a safe level of emergency care at the hospitals.

Richard Parker, deputy chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said: “Around 70 per cent of staff came into work today which enabled us to safely care for the patients who were already in hospital as well as providing emergency and clinically urgent care which included A&E, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and dialysis.

“We had not planned to carry out any non-urgent operations but a small number of emergency and clinically-urgent operations have been performed where it was safe to do so.