News & archive - 2010

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 December 2010 

30th - Paramedics are risking abuse and violence on Gloucester's streets
28th - Industrial action bulletin #7 - IMPORTANT
26th - 'Dedication' of emergency workers praised
23rd - Ambulance Service 'must improve training' says CQC
23rd - Temporary boss for ambulances
22nd - Industrial action bulletin #6 -
IMPORTANT
22nd - Thieves steal sat-nav from ambulance 
21st - Drunken thug slapped paramedic as he gave first aid 
21st - The 999 pranksters: Ambulance service staff pictured on Facebook 'asleep' 
20th - Hospitals fined for delaying ambulances in Gloucestershire
19th - GWAS paramedics faced with gun threat
18th - UNISON is balloting over five hundred members in the Great Western Ambulance Service - solidarity from UNISON WMAS branch
18th - Great Western Ambulance staff in strike ballot
18th - Party season warning issued by ambulance service
17th - Temporary new ambulance boss is announced 
17th - Ambulance staff to be balloted
17th - New ambulance boss appointed
17th - Wiltshire 999 staff ballot on strike action 
17th - Party people: the paramedic
17th - Wiltshire 999 staff ballot on strike action

17th - Letter to all branch members -
IMPORTANT
16th - Industrial action bulletin #5 -
IMPORTANT
15th - Industrial action bulletin #4 -
IMPORTANT
15th - GWAS Disappointed Over Ballot
15th - Wiltshire Ambulance Crews Vote on Possible Strike 
15th - Ambulance staff in strike ballot
15th - Ambulance staff in Bristol could take industrial action over shift changes
15th - Local ambulance strike ballot
15th - Paramedics at Great Western Ambulance Service to vote on strike action
15th - Ambulance chief vows to head off strike threat
15th - Ambulance crews balloted for industrial action
14th - Ambulance crews vote on strike action
14th - GWAS response to UNISON's media release
14th - Media release from UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch (please note: members are not authorised to speak to the press on this matter)
14th - Industrial action bulletin #3 -
IMPORTANT
13th - Industrial action bulletin #2 - IMPORTANT
9th -  999 crews will be able to get through
7th - Industrial action bulletin #1
- IMPORTANT
6th - Notice to GWAS of an official industrial action ballot
4th - Paramedic gashed in leg by man he was trying to help 

3rd - Media release
from UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch (please note: members are not authorised to speak to the press on this matter)
3rd - Patient stabs paramedic in thigh 
2nd - Ambulances 'struggling' to get to emergencies
1st - NEAS
to install security cameras in vehicles
1st - Great Western Ambulance Leads the Way by Signing Up to On-line Feedback Service

 November 2010 

30th - MP probes ambulance chief
26th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #18 -
IMPORTANT
22nd - Media release from UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch (please note: members are not authorised to speak to the press on this matter)
19th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #17 - and standard breach of contract letter
IMPORTANT
18th - Letter to David Whiting - from UNISON regional staff
14th - College of Paramedics response to fire brigade chiefs' take over suggestion
12th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #16
IMPORTANT
12th -  Media release from UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch (please note: members are not authorised to speak to the press on this matter)
6th - Ambulance service inundated with calls as freeze continues
4th - EIA for A&E Redesign
4th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #15 - click on the links for example individual or collective grievances
IMPORTANT
4th - Media response from UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch (please note: members are not authorised to speak to the press on this matter)
3rd - Letter to David Whiting - from UNISON regional staff

 October 2010 

31st - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #14  IMPORTANT
29th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #13 - if you have problems with changes you must submit individual or collective grievances
IMPORTANT
27th - Media response from UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch (please note: members are not authorised to speak to the press on this matter)
27th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #12 - with important notification about suspension of changes and advice about how to submit individual or collective grievances
IMPORTANT
26th - Formal dispute notification - letter to David Whiting Chief Executive
4th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #11 - with important advice about appeal results and guidance how to submit individual or collective grievances
IMPORTANT
23rd - Man attacks paramedic on 999 call
22nd - 'Politician punched me' paramedic tells court
22nd - Ambulance failing targets in Suffolk
22nd - Ilkley church packed for paramedic's funeral
21st - Assembly member 'hit' paramedic
20th - Hero of Goose Green is now saving lives in Afghanistan
19th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #10 
IMPORTANT
18th - At the heart of the matter
14th - Wiltshire ambulance service in the clear
10th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #9 
IMPORTANT
1st - A&E Redesign - Emergency bulletin for members invited to appeal hearings 
IMPORTANT

 September 2010 

30th - Fire and ambulance merger mooted
22nd - A&E Redesign - Open letter from UNISON to David Whiting, Chief Executive
22nd - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #8
IMPORTANT
10th - A&E Redesign - Open letter from UNISON to David Whiting, Chief Executive
10th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #7
IMPORTANT
3rd -  Boy racers 'stealing laughing gas from ambulance stations to boost performance of their cars'
3rd - Sat-nav warning to ambulances after Leeds rail death
2nd - Paramedic hits out as girl denied ambulance
1st - Paramedic was punched in face three times
1st - Blue lights nabbed after paramedic's vehicle is broken into 

 August 2010 

28th - Health service complaints
26th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #6
IMPORTANT
24th - UNISON takes legal action over NHS white paper
18th - Cabbie 'moved ambulance' on emergency call
18th - Relief planning and annual leave - UNISON email to Kate Freeman, manager of CRO
17th - Man charged over Norfolk paramedic attack
17th - Motorist drove ambulance away after it blocked road
16th - Taxi driver 'moves 999 ambulance'
16th - Documentation: It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it: Five ways to make sure your paperwork keeps you out of court - Interesting article from the USA
15th - Thieves steal from ambulance on 999 call
13th - Man attacked paramedic and policeman
10th - 'Laughing gas' stolen from ambulance station
10th - Paramedic is injured as he tried to stop vehicle being stolen
9th - Fire chief's 170,000 is too much, says FBU
7th - Paramedic saves premature baby's life using rubbish bag as make-shift incubator
7th - Paramedic attacker "had a fit"
7th - Drunk nurse guilty of paramedic attack
6th - Have your say about patient transport services
6th - Paramedic hit by own stolen car 

5th - Paramedic knocked down by car thief
5th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #5
IMPORTANT

 July 2010 

26th - Paramedic claims self defence in [HPC] road rage' probe
25th - 999 chief slams 'lazy' NHS staff on Facebook - A director of one of England's biggest ambulance services has been disciplined after he attacked "lazy" NHS workers on Facebook.
25th - Choking diner dies after paramedic refused to treat him amid safety fears
24th - NHS director disciplined over 'lazy staff' comments
24th - Choking diner dies after paramedic refuses to treat him 'for safety reasons'
22nd - Father jailed for attack on Teesside paramedics
22nd - Dramatic scenes of [GWAS] ambulance fire
20th - East Midlands Ambulance Service worst response times 'must improve' 
19th - FoI request
18th - CS spray man in legal action - Alan Lethbridge, 29, of Colne Drive, Romford, was found guilty in April of spitting in the face of a paramedic who was trying to tend his head injury.
17th - 3bn NHS shake-up will distract from patient care, says British Medical Journal
16th - A&E Redesign News Bulletin #4 - (low graphics version for maximum compatibility)
IMPORTANT
15th - Driver charged with attack on paramedic after smash
13th - Midlands Air Ambulance warns of fake 'charity' leaflets 
12th - NHS White Paper - published today and available for download
11th - Mission to help Wiltshire Air Ambulance fly solo
10th - Man who attacked paramedic faces pubs ban 
9th - A&E Redesign ["Process Evolution"] News Bulletin #3 - (low graphics version for maximum compatibility)
IMPORTANT
8th - Branch meeting - agenda
7th - South Gloucestershire Health Scrutiny Select Committee Patient Transport Services Briefing
6th - Drunken thug spat in face of paramedic trying to help him 
2nd - GWAS go beyond the call of duty

 June 2010 

29th - Man jailed for assaulting police and paramedic after attempted break-in
28th - Ambulance chief in plea for more first responders
27th - GWAS hits a target - four years late - UNISON interview
27th - GWAS 999 response speeds up
27th - Emergency Services Show: Open for registration
25th - Paramedic attacked after call-out to pub
25th - GWAS hits call-out targets after being worst in the country last year
25th - GWAS paying out millions for overtime and private contractors - UNISON interview
24th - Ambulance calls rise after England World Cup games
24th- Great Western Ambulance Service is most improved in England
24th - Ambulance staff can 'feel proud' of service improvement
24th - Ambulance service "most improved"
24th - Response times - UNISON press release
23rd - A&E Redesign ["Process Evolution"] News Bulletin #2
IMPORTANT
10th - A&E Redesign ["Process Evolution"] News Bulletin #1
IMPORTANT
10th - Branch meeting - Minutes
10th - North Cotswolds seeks more Community First Responders
8th - West Midlands ambulances missing targets
8th - Interesting blog on ambulance statistics

 May 2010 

20th - GWAS benchmarking report - announcing the plans to close one EOC by the Summer of 2010
15th - Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraiser quits over plan to pay chairman
14th - Slow down that ambulance for better CPR
13th - UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch meeting - minutes
13th - Unruly woman kicked medic trying to aid her
12th - 'Send an ambulance, I've had a very Nazi accident'
12th - Police forces plan big health and safety survey - Members of the police service will be asked to take part in what is thought to be the biggest ever review of health, safety and welfare in a bid to reduce the number of officers killed behind the wheel every year. Next month, between 15,000 and 20,000 bobbies, community support officers and police staff in England and Wales will be quizzed on issues about work/life balance, driving while tired and shift patterns in order to gain a clearer picture of what can be done to keep people in the service safer at work.
12th - West Midlands paramedic found guilty of misconduct
11th - Ambulances Don't Use Sirens, Lights as Often
11th - Community saves man's life
10th - West Midlands Ambulance Service defend 'Hitler' survey
10th - Cycling paramedic begins trial in Salisbury
10th - Bikers delayed paramedic in getting to Kent crash
9th - Natalie Pinkham, the pedalling Paramedic: A broken hip, second-degree 
burns ...

7th - Devon boy, 14, charged after ambulance hit by lager can
5th - Murder trial hears ambulance was blocked by mob
5th - Man died in ambulance after eight hour wait
5th - UNISON South West Local Area Health Forum - notes

 April 2010 

29th Cleaners, caterers, porters, maintenance workers you all deliver for the NHS UNISON delivers for you
29th - UNISON Primary Care News
29th - UNISON national circular for staff stranded by volcano
29th - Comedian gives his support to Labour MP 
27th - Brian May campaigning in Keynsham!
27th - Flintshire paramedic was punched by injured woman
26th - Joint fire and ambulance service call wrangle
26th - Scottish News: Ambulance crews run up 70k repair bill after 128 crashes in a year
26th - Abusive shop worker dialled 999 for ambulance 'because she was cold'
22nd - Ayelsbury ambulance chaser - a night in the life of a paramedic
21st - Ambulance trust ridiculed over meeting etiquette guide
20th - Paramedic car vandalised on call
19th - Dorchester paramedic leads campaign against high blood pressure
16th - Paramedic assaulted while treating drunk youth in Caernarfon
15th - Paramedic returned from treating patient to find tyre let down
15th - Paramedic assault: "I'm not guilty"
13th - Mystery man saves drowning toddler
1st - Grapevine - UNISON South West Ambulance Branch newsletter

 March 2010 

31st - Less ambulances waiting at Gloucestershire hospitals 
31st - Less ambulances waiting at Gloucestershire hospitals
30th - Nursing Roadmap to Quality
22nd - Proposals to introduce prescribing responsibilities for paramedics: stakeholder engagement
11th - Branch Meeting - minutes
11th - Branch meeting, Wiltshire - agenda

11th - Drunken woman punched Cumbrian paramedic called to help her
10th - DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION Gadgets in Emergency Vehicles Seen as Peril
10th - Welsh ambulance service chief to stand down
8th - Call to rip up rule book in mine rescue
10th - Police: Off sick? Come back to work, but bring your stapler - Staff on restricted and recuperative duties in Greater Manchester Police have been asked to volunteer for a day's admin work - and to come armed with a stapler.
6th - Scottish fire chief explains decision in fatal pit response - A case for HART?
5th - Paramedic jailed over 999 30-stone man death
5th - Union's industrial action halts Irish ambulance service plan

4th - Off duty Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedic helps rescue man in river

 February 2010 

23rd - Safe as houses in HART's hands
20th - Ambulance paramedics in warning over staff
19th - Road bumps may trick defibrillators in ambulances
19th - Wiltshire Air Ambulance should be flying solo
7th - [Tetra] radios blamed for PC's cancer death
6th - Cumbria ambulance bosses appeal over non-urgent calls
5th - Speed warning to [East of England] ambulance drivers
3rd - Do degrees mean nurses will not 'dirty' their hands?
2nd - East Lancashire ambulance chiefs 'too cautious'

 January 2010 

28th - Paramedic threatened with knife
27th - Alarming number of attacks on West Midlands ambulance workers
27th - Paramedic attack figures revealed
24th - Ambulances pass hygiene spot checks
14th - Branch meeting - minutes
14th - Branch meeting - agenda
13th - UNISON angered as no ambulance sent to patients with life threatening conditions - Media release
9th - Branch notice - back up for lone responders during extreme winter weather
7th - Notice of Branch AGM and agenda
7th - Application form for branch position

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