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    SayWhatNow wrote:
    Ambulance staff work in varied environments, see things you would never see in your life on a daily basis. Come into contact with contagious disease every day, no barrier nursing protection. Lift obese people from confined spaces to save there life risking our health / backs in the process. Deliver babies, treat you like a doctor, sit with you in your car and save your life as the roof is being cut off. Go into places that you couldn't stand the smell for 30 seconds with no protection. So maybe just maybe we might get sick a little more than yourself.

    No food allowed in ambulance due to infection control, not our choice. Forced into unpaid meal breaks, when we happily worked 12 hours without a guaranteed break to help people.
    Work unsocial hours, having pension cuts, pay freeze for 4 years and general first line of abuse for drunken patients.
    So forgive us fork lift truck driver for being a little grieved about these changes. If you want to eat as you work a fork lift then feel free, but remember when you have that accident... Who yah gonna call ( not ghost busters that's a fact )...We are not whinging , plus many sectors of emergency service armed forces and all jobs having to take cuts. So everyone suffering. We are just voicing our concerns...and yes I do enjoy my job and earn a lot less than some people who answer a phone for the nhs.
    Yes but how much you being paid to do this? We want to know how big the whinge is so we can understand."
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Ambulance staff morale ‘in freefall’ over wages

Evesham Journal: IN THE LINE OF DUTY: An ambulanceman ferries patient in need of oxygen to hospital. IN THE LINE OF DUTY: An ambulanceman ferries patient in need of oxygen to hospital.

AMBULANCE staff feel “downtrodden and bullied” and are “treated with no respect” by their bosses, a paramedic has claimed.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service worker said morale was in freefall due to disputes over a threat to sick pay and changes to working conditions.

Nationally, ambulance service employers and unions are locked in discussions over proposed pay changes that would result in an additional “anti-social hours” payment for working nights and weekends being cut from sick pay.

Staff are also up in arms about proposals from West Midlands Ambulance Service that would see bosses dictate where they have to take their unpaid meal breaks.One employee, who has asked to remain anonymous, told your Worcester News that the rows are taking their toll on staff.

“Ambulance staff feel undervalued and morale is incredibly low,” our source said. “Deductions could cut sick pay by 25 per cent. We do have a higher incidence of sickness than other workers, which shouldn’t come as a surprise as we come into contact with sick people many times every shift. And we encounter manual handling challenges that most people couldn’t even dream of and our job can be extremely stressful.”

Workers also say it is “unreasonable” for bosses to dictate where the single, unpaid 30-minute break they get in a 12-hour shift may be taken.

“I get that break at my base station, the same place as I start and finish,” an employee said.” I have hot food that I prepare at home, take to work and store in a fridge. This ensures I get a decent meal. Now our management want to tell us where to take our break. This could be at another station, a stand-by point or at a hospital.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Suzie Fothergill insisted bosses do value the efforts of staff.

She said sick pay had not been altered and that ongoing negotiations are a national matter and out of the trust’s hands.0 She added that discussions about meal breaks are ongoing and that “no changes have been made at present.

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