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December 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
16th - More public sector strikes look likely after row over pension contributions - Dave Prentis, general secretary of the largest public sector union, UNISON, has already warned that new strike dates could be announced in the runup to 1 April when the first contribution increases are due
12th - Pensions dispute: Further ballot for ambulance members: Q&A
12th - Pensions dispute: Further ballot for ambulance members: poster
11th - Joint statement - industrial dispute
11th - 999 screening for AFib is helping save lives and money
11th - Great Western Ambulance medical director in flu jab appeal
10th - Light way to help charity in Devizes 
8th - Unions reject pensions offer for NHS staff - UNISON, the largest public sector union, said the proposal would apply for only one year and was “unhelpful” when pensions negotiations were continuing. The proposed increase in pension contributions will still hit more than half of all NHS staff.
8th - Branch meeting - agenda
8th - Pleased to see cyclist is well
6th - UNISON blog hits back at Tory Trade Union Reform Campaign'
1st - Millions spent by GWAS on taxis for patients

2nd - UNISON reports rise in members
2nd - Pensions dispute: Protest hits home in Wiltshire
1st - Fury as David Cameron axes £113m funding of public sector union salaries
16th - Ambulance crews stretched tonight by office Christmas parties on 'Mad Friday' 
16th - Ambulance among vehicles damaged by missiles thrown onto motorway from flyover
16th - "Oyster dish made BBC man grope" - A BBC radio producer who groped a female paramedic was cleared of sexual assault after claiming he was suffering a reaction to oysters. James Whitmarsh, 41, said he was not responsible for his actions. The jury was told white wine and red wine had been drunk with the meal but that was not enough to cause his actions.
16th - Paramedics have police 'riding shotgun' at weekends 
12th - Paramedic returns after Afghanistan mission
12th - Man charged with theft of ambulance
11th - East Midlands Ambulance Service loses £20m contract
10th - UK unions object to government pension plans
10th - East Midlands Ambulance Service loses £130m contract 
10th - Scottish paramedics set to be given bulletproof vests to deal with terror call outs
9th - Ambulance staff in spotlight - EEAST staff are being asked for their ideas on how to improve the ambulance service
7th - Public workers facing 'absolutely appalling' pay cut
7th - Con-Dems pile on the misery - 'Enough is enough'
7th - Keeping union members
7th - BBC reporters follow London Ambulance on a "typical" day on the capital's roads
7th - Drunk drove ambulance from accident scene
6th - Unions challenge pension change ruling by High Court
6th - London roadside emergency - BBC News reporters have joined London ambulance paramedics to get an insight into a typical day on the city's roads
5th - Many Eyes : 999 calls closed with telephone advice
3rd - Jeremy Clarkson has no idea about the realities of life
2nd - Pension poverty to increase, UNISON warns
1st - Union calls on BBC to fire Jeremy Clarkson
1st - THE BIG STRIKE: 'Fighting for our future' 
1st - Public sector staff stand united against changes to pensions
1st - Police help London's ambulance service - London police were called in to help ambulances attend emergencies after thousands of NHS workers went on strike
1st - Is it irresponsible for Ambulance drivers to go on strike? You can guess what position the right-wing Daily Mail took. Interestingly though, a poll on their website had overwhelming support for health professionals, until the Daily Mail took it down!
1st - YAS response times hit by walkout


November 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
30th - Pensions dispute: YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!  Page 1  Page 2
30th - Unions hit back as Prime Minister labels strikes a 'damp squib'
30th - Today's the day of the mass walkout
30th - Voices from the day of action 
30th - Biggest one-day strike in a generation begins
29th - Public sector strike: Union gives details of closures
27th - Pensions dispute: Q&A and details of events
25th - Pensions dispute: NHS Direct
24th - Pensions dispute: Life and limb cover - summary PLEASE READ
24th - Pensions dispute: Important info
26th - Dozens of schools to close for strike action - "UNISON said about 900 members at Great Western Ambulance Service will strike, with emergency call handlers and staff responding to 999 calls from picket lines"
25th - Plans in place to deal with next week's strike
25th - Gloucestershire set to be hit with major strike action

20th - Pensions dispute: Together we can win!
19th - Pensions dispute: Busting the myths on pensions
18th - Pensions dispute: Word - PDF
17th- A 'funny turn' won't stop me, says Chippenham woman
17th - South Western ambulance may rescue Great Western
14th - What do the latest pensions proposals mean?
14th - Branch newsletter - PDF
14th - Patient holds Remembrance Day silence in ambulance 
11th - Increase in attacks on NHS staff is a 'national disgrace'
11th - Increase in attacks on NHS staff is a 'national disgrace'
11th - New guidance on emergency cover and exemptions from industrial action has been agreed by the UNISON Health Service Group Executive. This will be useful for branches that may receive requests for emergency cover and exemptions from employers in the lead up to industrial action on November 30th.
10th - Wiltshire and Gloucestershire schools and colleges move closer to day of action
10th -
Plans put in place to cope with mass public walkout - More than 2000 staff from Weston General Hospital, North Somerset Primary Care Trust and North Somerset Council are members of the union
10th - Branch meeting - agenda
8th - Emergency services from South Gloucestershire praised
8th - Ever wondered what happened to Steve West, director of operations for GWAS?
4th - South Western and Great Western Ambulance Service merger may hit wage packets
4th - Fears over ambulance merger - concerns about Great Western Ambulance Service merging with South Western Ambulance Service have been expressed by councillors from across the region
3rd - UNISON raises fears
28th - Emergency 999 calls will be answered during day of strike action 
26th - Youth unemployment rise sparks trade union fury
26th - Dave Prentis: Quietly awkward
26th - NHS strike: 'is change necessary? The case has not been made' -  "Can you imagine a 68-year-old paramedic lifting a man in his 40s weighing 15 stone down stairs into an ambulance? That's unrealistic."
24th - Pensions action will be a women's strike, says UNISON
23rd - Mythbuster: The truth about unions
23rd - For sale sign goes up over major UK projects - George Osborne will next week hang a “for sale” sign over British infrastructure projects worth tens of billions of pounds, as he attempts to tempt UK pension funds, oil-rich Gulf states and other sovereign wealth funds to pay for new roads, railways, housing and other projects
23rd - More public sector workers vote for strike action - Heavyweight unions including Unite, Unison and GMB have already voted to take part in the strike action. Their participation alongside those representing teachers and probation officers could result in the biggest day of industrial unrest
20th - Private ambulance firm could cost paramedic his home - East Coast Ambulance Service, the firm used by GWAS for agency shifts has left staff without pay.  Even more shocking is the amount owed, due to the high wages the private staff were paid.
20th - UK paramedics being trained for Mumbai-style terrorist attack
19th - More than 100,000 vote for pensions walkout
19th - Police workers to join national stike
18th - Exeter man Thomas Sherred jailed for paramedic knife attack
18th - Teachers in NASUWT vote for strike over pensions
18th - Con-Dem cuts spell lengthy NHS delays
17th - Unions set to back public sector strikes - Great to know the GMB is also on board.
16th - Committee critical of South West ambulance service
14th - Unions reject '15 minute' pension strike offer
14th - The eBay ambulance that went to Libya
14th - Lifesaving kit stolen from ambulance
14th - Attacks on London ambulance workers up by a third
12th - Paramedic assaults on the rise
12th - Minister urges '15-minute strike' - UNISON called the government proposal a "PR gimmick". 
11th - Hospitals prepare for staff walkout 
11th - London Ambulance Service: More than one attack per day
11th - Thousands of sick days for stressed paramedics
11th - Shock rise in paramedic assaults
11th - Private company in NHS hospital takeover
10th - Unions plan huge pensions protest
10th - Unison members will join national public sector strike - Sefton will be like a ghost town when public service unions go on strike on November 30. This is the stark warning of UNISON Sefton branch secretary Glen Williams after the organisation voted to join the TUC day of action.
10th - Private company to take over NHS hospital - UNISON said the takeover was evidence of the government's intent on privatising health services and called it "an accident waiting to happen".
8th - Commissioning confusion 'could harm ambulance services' - Health service reforms could hamper efforts to improve patient care in rural areas, the NHS Confederation warned today. 
4th - Workers should be prevented from claiming unfair dismissal as part of an overhaul of UK employment laws, a leaked government report says.
4th - SWAST paramedics face pay and work changes


October 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
28th - Media response - Word - Text - PDF - UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch reaction to SWAST plans to cut pay
21st - SWAST chief executive writes to all SWAST staff to announce plans to cut pay: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6.
21st - UNISON Responds to Department of Health (DOH) consultation document on increasing member pension contributions
14th - Ambulance trusts to merge in South West
14th - Senior manager at the Royal United Hospital is to lead the process of merging the south west's two ambulance services
14th - Ambulance health trust 'not financially viable'
13th - Pensions newsletter - VOTE YES!
12th - Unison expects legal challenges over ballot
12th - Union members set to be balloted over strike action - Members of UNISON may take to the picket line in November as part of an ongoing dispute about plans to change public sector pensions. Members have been urged to take part in the biggest industrial action ballot in national history.
11th - UNISON ballots 1 million public sector workers on strike action 
10th - Pensions Briefings - dates and locations
7th - Concern at ambulance merger talks
14th - Air Ambulance Costly but Not Always Faster 
14th - Ambulance theft as crew treat patient 
14th - Union urges 'yes' votes for strike - Jonathan Bartholomew, UNISON Northampton branch secretary, said: “We are urging all our members to vote yes in the ballot for industrial action. Local council and health workers do their jobs so they can care for the public." 
14th - North West Ambulance Service dramatically improves response times after £13.7m cash injection
14th - Police staff begin voting in strike ballot
13th - Yobs attack ambulance
13th - Use body language to improve your patient encounter
12th - Act now to take on the Tories - vote yes to join mass strikes -  The biggest ballot in Britain's trade union history has begun. Ballot papers were posted out this week to a massive 1.1 million members of the public sector union UNISON.
10th - Market forces in NHS have not hit poor, says study


September 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
17th - Branch newsletter
17th - IT courses
17th - UNISON to ballot for strike action on pensions - Speaking at TUC conference in London, UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said that the union will send notice to 9000 employers that it will ballot.
16th - Great Western Air Ambulance to remain at Filton after airfield closure 
16th - Great Western Ambulance Receives International recognition
16th - GWAS ranks amongst best performers in new clinical quality indicators
16th - Great Western Ambulance emergency callouts most expensive
16th - Town's 999 service 'the most expensive' 
15th - Keynsham fire station hosting charity car wash on Saturday
15th - UNISON Bargaining update
15th - The NHS Staff Council are seeking views on the amended Professional Managers Profiles and the newly developed Support Services Generic Profiles - comments to Dave Godson –
14th - UNISON has launched a survey to gauge our members' views and responses to the government's proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme. Please complete this on-line survey by the deadline of 27 September - IMPORTANT
14th - Health Bill heads to Lords - IMPORTANT
14th - UNISON factsheet on the new Agency Workers directive and regulations which come into force on 1 October 2011
14th - 2011 flu immunization campaign has been jointly launched this week with NHS employers
14th - Instructions have been given by NHS Staff Council that employers  need to identify and rectify any past underpayment of unsocial hours payments resulting from Electronic Staff Record miscalculations
14th - 2012 Annual Health Conference bulletin 
12th - Technician banding - letter to Kerry Pinker, director of HR
11th - Man dies after air ambulance is forced to abort landing 
11th - Excellent standard of patient transport by GWAS
10th - Concern mounts over ambulance 999 responses in North Somerset
8th - New non-executive board member appointed to GWAS 
7th - Emergency Services Show set to be 'bigger and better'
6th - Ambulance times better despite failure to meet targets
6th - Surf the net - IT courses
6th - Vital survey needs your input
6th  -
Primary Care News
6th - Mark Thomas interview
6th - Branch newsletter - industrial dispute, bank holiday pay, Save the NHS!, ballot results
5th - Letter from UNISON to Chief Executive Martin Flaherty - ballot results
3rd - Changes proposed at Great Western Ambulance Trust
3rd - Chippenham family walks for tragic teen
2nd - Branch circular
18th - Council demands answers from Yorkshire Ambulance Service
17th - TUC threatens November strikes over pensions 
17th - Comparable ambulance data called for  
16th - Government plans vague about ambulance services
16th - Ambulance Services Are Inefficient And Government Plans Following NHS Reforms Are Vague Says Public Accounts Committee
16th - MPs find wide variations in ambulance service costs 
16th - MPs warn on ambulance accountability 
16th - Paramedic assaults in Bucks rise by 22 per cent
16th - The 10 coolest products at EMS World Expo 2011 - "It does strike me as a little strange that right as we are getting pushed towards simpler airway care devices and putting less emphasis on emergency ventilation, the technology suddenly evolves to help us do a far better job of both.  Does anybody else find this a bit curious? What if we really could put an ET tube in the trachea reliably every time it was needed? What if we really could deliver precise ventilation volumes at safe pressures? Is it really best for our patients to ignore improvements in technology that have recently appeared in answer to our most stubborn problems?"
16th - Some cops seen as barely literate - officers recording evidence for court have been described as ‘barely literate’ by criminal barristers
16th - Ambulance staff spread the word at Reading Pride 
15th - Paramedic job was Bob's 'true calling' 
15th - Attacks on ambulance staff in Hampshire increase 
15th - One in five 'abuse 999 service'
15th - 999 medic shot by gunman as he battles to save patient's life
14th - Number of attacks to Hampshire ambulance staff increases 
14th - Assaults on paramedics in the South increase
12th - CCTV shows thief stealing from ambulance
12th - Panasonic Toughbooks are helping to revolutionise the way EMAS crews record patient information - improving patient care and driving efficiencies to create millions of pounds of savings. 

11th - EoE ambulance service ranked last place in call-out response times - Who is next to be "merged"?
 11th - 'I'm an EMT, I Have to Go Down There' -- Running Toward the Towers on 9/11
10th - Fury after thieves rob ambulance on emergency callout 
8th - Ambulance attack could hit service 
7th - Ambulance service patient data stolen
7th - Heart patients stand better chance of survival in south of England
6th - NHS ambulance figures reveal areas for improvement
6th - Barnstaple hospital fined £30,000 for keeping ambulance waiting
5th - Ambulance data reveals variation in survival rates
4th - Teenager bit paramedic - court told
3rd - Ambulance trust figures published
3rd - Figures for police and ambulance crew assaults
3rd - Big rise in attacks on ambulance crews 
2nd - Ambulance data reveals variation in survival rates
2nd - Call to get tough on ambulance crew attackers
2nd - Dorset hospitals fined £91k over ambulance delays
1st - West Country hospitals fined over ambulance A&E delays
1st - Yorkshire Ambulance Service sending untrained staff to emergencies
1st - Increase in complaints against Yorkshire Ambulance Service - UNISON are following developments at YAS since GWAS chief executive David Whiting and finance director Rob Barnes left for YAS.
1st - World's largest cardiac arrest trial


August 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
31st - Great Western Ambulance Service set for merger
30th - The Impact of Spending Cuts on UNISON Members - in depth interviews
29th - Ambulance service looks to go regional
26th - Great Western Ambulance Service to find partner organisation 
26th - Ambulance service looks to go regional
24th - Media statement - FT status and the future for GWAS
24th - Branch Circular - FT status and the future for GWAS
23rd - Bulletin from SWAST chief executive - SWAST throws its hat into the ring
23rd - GWAS press release - FT status
22nd - Industrial dispute bulletin 28 - ballot closed - results pending
18th - Ambulance runs over biker in road 
17th - Learn more about emergency services at show - organised by a committee of volunteers, drawn from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police and Great Western Ambulance Service
16th - Q&A: UNISON warns of privatisation danger from "Any Qaulified Provider" - As the Government publishes guidance on the rollout of its Any Qualified Provider policy, UNISON's new briefing highlights the threats of privatisation that the policy contains.
16th - UNISON branches are encouraged to send representatives to the forthcoming NHS Employers Conference taking place in November 2011 - get in touch if you want to attend.
16th - Another McKesson's cock-up - Unsocial hours payments during annual leave - UNISON's work to resolve ESR annual leave unsocial hours miscalculations .
12th - Great Western Ambulance Service transport scheme rated satisfactory
12th - Eight trustees appointed to Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust
12th - Praise for GWAS crew
11th - Branch meeting - agenda
10th - Branch circular - Industrial dispute, pensions, Olympics, Pat Gormley.
10th - Ride in a police car for fun at Emergency Services Show - The show is run by volunteers drawn from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police, Great Western Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency.
9th - Wiltshire Air Ambulance to become an independent charity
31st - NHS staff sickness rates published
29th - Woman steals ambulance kit
19th - Father-in-law on tour to raise funds for foundation
26th - Welsh Ambulance turnarounds cost £10m
19th - Prince Harry praises courage of police and ambulance crew who braved the riots
19th - Stoke Mandeville Hospital fined £35000 for letting patients wait outside A&E
18th - Ambulance 999 call changes "putting lives at risk" - Deployment of ECSW/ECA members to inappropriate situations
18th - Three-quarters of Merseyside ambulances are too dirty, report says  - NWAS set itself stringent targets on cleanliness after a 2009 Care Quality Commission report slammed the trust. But two years later neither stations nor vehicles are coming up to scratch.
18th - 999 pest demanded ambulance run for hospital visit
18th - Paramedics called to cat in cardiac arrest
17th - New offer in ambulance rest breaks dispute
16th - 'Too many' single ambulance crews
16th - Ambulance assistant groped by patient
16th - Paramedic's life was the only one for me, says retiring Dave
16th - EMAS ambulance fleet purchases Skoda after staff feedback
12th - Suffolk MPs hits out at rising ambulance management costs.
12th - London riots: Stranded paramedic's ordeal during riots 
12th - Concerns over ambulance target 'failings' in EMAS
11th - Ambulance vehicles attacked 
11th - Ambulances fail to arrive on time
11th -Charity ambulances firebombed
10th - Rioters caused evacuation of ambulance station
10th - Anger over paramedic 16% pay cuts - This is what is likely to happen if GWAS is privatised.  This is why politics matters!
10th - Paramedic cyclists service withdrawn
9th - Brave paramedic injured on duty vows to return
9th - Rioting youths attack ambulance crews 
9th - Addresses highlighted as a danger for Ambulance crews
9th - Anger as talks fail to resolve row over medical cover for villages 
8th - Transplant organ ambulance driver threatened with speeding ticket  - Another risk of privatisation!
8th - Man threatened to burn down ambulance station
4th - Appeal as number of 999 ambulance calls soars 
4th - Private ambulance technician who breached protocol is struck-off paramedic - A private ambulance service is using a struck-off paramedic under contract for SCAS.
4th - Emergency services warned of rural sat-nav risk to lives


July 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
22nd - 999 Drivers Want More Education For Bristol Motorists
9th - Trowbridge staff rush to save a life in store
9th - Ambulance crews save NHS up to £280m
6th - News from Branch Officers Training 2011 & Pension campaign slogan competition
6th - Unsung no more – SWIFT 'Heroes' win accolades
4th - Team that saved woman's life honoured
1st - Ambulance 999 response blow
1st - Wiltshire's 999 crews fail to meet targets - Ah yes, it's the crews' fault!
23rd - 999 crews use mobiles as 'fail-safe' radios go down
23rd - Ambulance rage man sent to jail
22nd - Drunk man who stole paramedic's rapid response car in Somerset escapes jail
11th - Complete the MHRA website survey - Help us improve the MHRA website – please give us your feedback. - The survey will take about ten minutes to complete and the results will help us to further develop the site.
11th - New medal to recognise ambulance workers - How fitting that the medal announced by Andrew Lansley, who has proposed that the NHS is split up and sold off to private providers, is not available for ambulance workers in private or independent companies, which means that staff of non-NHS companies running PTS or 999 services will not be eligible... 
8th - Government 'holding back police pay talks’
8th - Man threatened police with knives and was aggressive to the lone paramedic trying to help him
4th - Moss Side riots: Routine 999 call that led ambulance man into lion's den 


June 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
29th - J30 day of action - information of how to support our union colleagues
29th - Family thanks GWAS for a speedy delivery
29th - UK Ambulance Service Bans Cuddly Toys
27th - Wiltshire paramedics honoured for life saving
24th - Ban on cuddly toys in ambulances
24th - Welcome spurs on horsey heroes 
24th - Media statement - reaction to the Ambulance Performance Report
23rd - Great Western Ambulance Service 999 response below par
22nd - Media statement - Raising the retirement age to 66 puts ambulance crews and patients at risk
22nd - Who do you love?
22nd - Learning for Health SHA event - if you would like to attend, please get in touch
21st - Government responds to Future Forum NHS report - Important, please read!
19th - Industrial dispute bulletin #26 and survey
11th - Industrial dispute bulletin #25, trust proposals and consultative survey
10th - Red Tape Challenge and the Equalities Act

20th - £400,000 fine for long ambulance waiting times [Oxfordshire] - What GWAS could do with £400,000!
18th - Paramedic injured in laser beam attack


May 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
23rd - Metropolitan Police refuse to escort [private] Bristol ambulance - The Met have not done this for the best part of ten years.  Readers may ask why the private crew felt the need to follow a police car on the motorway to London and why there were not confident to navigate through the city.  NHS crews are trained and confident in navigating and driving on blue lights, plus each NHS ambulance is fitted with satnav and GPS navigation systems.   Were these questions that the hospital trust asked before contracting out to the (cheaper) private service?
22nd - Ambulance crashes on 999 call near Cricklade
20th - Great Western Ambulance Service reviews building stock - released to the media but GWAS are yet to consult with UNISON on the plans...
18th - Documents arising from the UNISON consultation aimed at helping branches improve the management, custody and security of their finances - Summary, Handbook and PolicyBranch Finances Handbook
16th - Branch newsletter
15th - Paramedics prepared to strike over pensions
12th - Branch meeting agenda and minutes
3rd - Future Forum listening events
27th - [Struck off] paramedic saves life
26th - UNISON ambulance staff set strike date in dispute over pay [E-Zec, Staffordshire]
25th - UNISON Warning Over East Of England Ambulance Staff Cuts
25th - The 12-hour shifts that imperil lives - Editorial on ambulance shift length
24th - [Hospital delays:] Ambulance traffic jams 'are risking lives', warns UNISON
23rd - Paramedic experience not defined by pulse-pounding drama
21st - Two patients died after waiting in ambulance outside 'full' hospital
21st - Probe as two die after A&E delay 
21st - Attacked paramedic tells of wedding picture fears
20th - Paramedic died after taking tablets she bought over the internet to help her sleep
20th - Paramedic bride-to-be tells of terror as woman attacks her
18th - Nurses 'need yearly health check'  - Nurses should have annual physical and psychological testing to ensure they are up to the demands of the job, nurses say.
13rd - Plans to outsource public services 'scaled back'


April 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
28th - Workers Memorial Day
14th - Branch newsletter
14th - Branch meeting - minutes and health conference report
13th - NHS chief intervenes as 560 ambulance jobs axed 
13th - UNISON issues open invite to Lansley, Clegg and Cameron
 12th - Devizes heart attack man thanks life saving crew
9th - Spoof video of "Downfall" - based on the NHS reforms
6th - Branch Newsletter
4th - Help get 'Andrew Lansley Rap' to number 1
2nd - New chairman for Great Western Ambulance Service 
1st - InFocus magazine
14th - Another Bitter Blow for NHS workers as pay freeze grips tighter
13th - London Ambulance job cuts hit IT
13th - London Ambulance to cut 890 jobs
13th - Lansley apologises to nurses following 'rebuke' over reforms
12th - The NHS braces itself for privatisation - Private sector involvement in healthcare could more than double under government plans. Where does this leave the NHS?
11th - Nick Clegg signals concession over GP consortiums
8th - Sweeping changes - The police service needs to reform its antiquated promotion and career progression paths. Peter Neyroud sets out his blueprint for improved training, leadership and professional development
8th - Membership of policing body could cost up to £250 a year
8th - Private companies could soon be running virtually all office functions in 11 police forces
7th - Paramedic awarded for Worcestershire river rescue
5th - NHS staff given 'right to provide' through social enterprise - But the government has failed to clarify whether staff that set up new “social enterprise” schemes will able to keep their NHS pension.
5th - Lansley outlines 'right to provide' social enterprise drive - NHS staff across the health service are to be given the right to set up their own organisations to provide and manage care for patients, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said
3rd - David Cameron retreats on NHS reforms - David Cameron is to perform a major climb-down on reforms to the National Health Service in an attempt to head off a growing rebellion
2nd - Paramedic was 'unfairly dismissed'


March 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information

29th - Admin matters - latest newsletter
22nd - Andrew Lansley Rap
17th - Industrial action bulletin #23 -
16th - Legal action is being taken against the Great Western Ambulance Service - APAP joins the fight
16th - Evening Post: Legal action is being taken against the ambulance service - APAP joins the fight
15th - Tell your MP "Don’t be a fool on 1 April" - Over the past week, the pressure has been rising on the Tory-led government over its Health and Social Care Bill. Here are more details of how we can really ramp up opposition to the government’s plans, including crucial steps to mobilising for the TUC All Together for the NHS Day on 1 April.
15th - Join the march for public services 26 March 2011 – Important reminder: Join thousands of people on the TUC march in London to tell the government that savage spending cuts are unnecessary and unfair.  Email
15th - Ancillary Matters - the newsletter for ancillary and maintenance staff
15th - NHS Terms and Conditions: On-call - The NHS Staff Council has confirmed there is no automatic default to the former Section 2 arrangements and that extension of current arrangements should be agreed in organisations where harmonised on-call payments will not be ready by 1 April 2011. UNISON is negotiating on behalf on affected members through the Policies and Facilities Group.  Email if you have any questions or comments.
15th - Retention and Exit Terms policy published - The DH has published its Retention and Exit Terms policy at, which has been developed in conjunction with NHS Employers and NHS Trade Unions via the Social Partnership Forum.
12th - "Nothing but praise for GWAS" - proof that staff put patient care first...
11th - Industrial action bulletin #22 -
9th - When is the AGM?
8th - CQUIN schemes for GWAS
7th - Industrial action bulletin #21 -
4th - AGM reminder and quick update on industrial dispute
4th - Unions hail court strike ruling - court ruling prevents minor mistakes in balloting being used to halt strike action.
1st - InFocus

31st - Jail for paramedic attacker
31st - Hero paramedic warned he could face disciplinary action over charity
28th - Bird police 'weakness' criticised
27th - West Midlands Ambulance waste £4m waiting outside hospital A&Es
10th - Relatives of 7/7 victims urge changes to emergency services
4th - Majority Identify Need for an Ambulance in an Emergency -  but there is a high level of inappropriate response in non-emergency situations
3rd - How well did the 7/7 emergency services respond?


February 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
25th - Branch newsletter and AGM notice
22nd - Ambulance boss wants to solve dispute
22nd - NHS trades union bargaining advice - employers move away from Agenda for Change
22nd - Get ready for 1 April – All Together for the NHS - As pressure mounts on the government over its Health Bill, UNISON, alongside other health unions, campaigning organisations and community groups, is calling for local and regional activity on Friday 1st April under the TUC banner 'All Together for the NHS.'
22nd - New ambulance chief seeks to resolve industrial dispute
21st - Industrial action bulletin #19 -
21st - Paramedics in 120-mile trek - donate at
21st - Audit Commission highlights weaknesses at Great Western Ambulance - read for yourself the full Audit Commission letter 
13th - New ambulance chief aims to resolve industrial dispute
12th - New temporary chief for ambulance service
11th - Great Western Ambulance industrial action talks pledge
11th - March for the Alternative (26th March 2011) - transport arrangements
11th - March for the Alternative - Why UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch is marching
11th - MARCH FOR THE ALTERNATIVE - The TUC is organising a national march and rally on 26th March 2011, in response to the government's programme of fast and deep public spending cuts.
11th - Great Western Ambulance industrial action talks pledge - The new interim chief executive says solving outstanding industrial relations is a "top priority". 
11th - Industrial action bulletin #18 - Includes joint statement and UNISON Q&A
10th - Branch AGM notice
10th - Branch executive meeting - minutes
9th - More Talks On Bristol Ambulance Strikes 
8th - ‘The Future of Partnership’ Workshop
8th - Managing Sharps Injuries – Free UNISON Workshops in March
5th The great pension robbery: paramedic case study - interview with Dave Colman, UNISON member and a paramedic with the Great Western Ambulance Service
4th - Wiltshire 999 times down amid shift unrest
4th - Industrial action bulletin #17 -
3rd - More obese patient ambulances set to hit the road
2nd - Ambulance workers call off strike at last minute
2nd - Industrial action bulletin #16 -
1st - Great Western Ambulance staff call off work-to-rule
1st - Industrial action bulletin #15 - Industrial action suspended -
1st - On call update - important info for staff who work "on call"
1st - InFocus magazine
27th - First pedalling paramedic, Mark Inman, receives honour 
22nd - People Confused Over When to Call an Ambulance 
21st - David Cameron: End state monopoly over public services - How far will he go?
16th - Precious minutes lost to hoax calls
15th - Tearful paramedic tells court of ambulance sex attack
13th - Drugs pack taken from ambulance while crew were away
10th - Southampton NHS cleaners strike over cuts to sick pay
5th - [WMAS] Paramedics hurt in ambulance crash




January 2011

UNISON and GWAS information National news and other information
30th - UNISON fights for local ambulance service
30th - UK ambulance union may strike
29th - Ambulance crews 'to take action'
29th - Ambulance staff threaten full walk out 
28th - Agenda for Great Western Ambulance Service Joint Health Overview Committee
28th - Ambulance staff threaten full walk out 
28th - Ambulance strike threat is back on for Wiltshire
27th - Ambulance workers postpone strike action
27th - Bath ambulance crews delay threatened industrial action 
27th - Ambulance union postpone industrial action
27th - 999 crews have action rethink
27th - Union members say their 'door is always open' to further talks with Great Western Ambulance Trust
27th - Ambulance staff strike action back on
27th - Bristol ambulance workers postpone industrial action
26th - Talks 'productive' but industrial action could still be taken 
26th - Ambulance union postpone industrial action 
26th - Ambulance strike called off - Note: Industrial action has been postponed.
26th - Great Western Ambulance Service action is called off - Note: Industrial action has been postponed.
26th - Ambulance union postpones industrial action
26th - Industrial action bulletin #14 - Industrial action postponed -
25th - Ambulance staff take action 
25th - Great Western Ambulance Service staff to 'start action'
25th - Industrial action bulletin #13 - please read and distribute at work -
24th - UNISON e Focus - weekly newsletter
23rd - Industrial action bulletin #12 - please read and distribute at work -
23rd - Ambulance talks continue
22nd - Great Western Ambulance Service staff to start action
22nd - Wiltshire ambulance crews to take strike action
22nd - UNISON members in Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust have given their employer notice that they intend to take industrial action
22nd - Paramedics have warned they will go ahead with industrial action
22nd - Decision by members of UNISON for industrial action
22nd - Ambulance strike ahead
22nd - Great Western Ambulance Service staff to start action
21st - Ambulance trust responds to industrial action threat
21st - Strike action looms as ambulance talks break down
21st - Wiltshire ambulance crews to take strike action
21st - Ambulance staff set to strike
21st - Media release - UNISON calls for last ditch talks as industrial action looms -
19th - BBC News Great Western Air Ambulance services under threat
19th - Great Western Air Ambulance services under threat
19th - Information to help UNISON members interpret the GWAS proposals - please read and distribute -
19th - Industrial action bulletin #11 - please read and distribute - IMPORTANT
18th - GWAS proposals - the trust's package of proposals to address the industrial dispute released to you in full - IMPORTANT
18th - Talks underway to avert ambulance strike action
18th - Talks between Unison and the Great Western Ambulance Service will resume tomorrow after union members voted to take industrial action
17th - No agreement in ambulance hours dispute
16th - Strike negotiations set to take place for ambulance staff
16th - Crunch talks to avert Wilts ambulance strike
15th - 999 strike threat
15th - South West Ambulance Service has made it clear it will not be involved in any industrial action
15th - Ambulance strike talks for Wiltshire 
15th -  Wiltshire Ambulance Crews Vote "Yes" To Strike
14th -  Industrial action bulletin #10 -
13th - Branch meeting - minutes
13th - Talks to avert deadlock in Wiltshire fail
13th - Paramedic claims managers have ignored staff concerns over new shifts
12th -  Industrial action bulletin #9 -
11th - Letter of support from the FBU - messages of support have also been received from UNISON branches in neighbouring services (also here)
11th - Talks underway to avert ambulance strike action
11th - Paramedics at Great Western Ambulance Service to vote on strike action
11th - Ambulance workers in the county are set to strike
11th - Strike action for ambulance crew 
11th - Ambulance chief vows to head off strike threat 
10th  - Letter to members - report on negotiations (this was distributed to members by post along with official notification of the ballot results) -
10th - More talks for strike-threatened ambulance service 
10th - Great Western Ambulance Service crews set for strike action
10th - More talks for strike-threatened ambulance service
10th - Great Western Ambulance staff vote yes to strike action 
10th - Talks continue to prevent ambulance service strike
10th - Industrial action bulletin #8 -
9th - Ambulance staff threaten industrial action
9th - Ambulance staff back strike action
9th Ambulance Staff vote for Industrial Action
8th - Ambulance staff back strike action
8th - Ambulance staff threaten industrial action
7th - Commissioners' statement in response to UNISON ballot
7th - Ambulance staff vote to strike
7th - Talks to avert industrial action by ambulance staff
7th - Talks today to avert ambulance service industrial action
7th - Ambulance staff vote for industrial action
7th - Ambulance staff vote for strike - Great Western Ambulance Service staff in Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and parts of Somerset have voted in favour of industrial action
7th - Great Western Ambulance staff vote yes to strike action
7th - Industrial action on cards for workers at Great Western Ambulance Service
7th - Horses help heroes
7th - Ambulance staff strike?
7th - Media release - Ballot results - UNISON Great Western Ambulance Service Members Vote ‘Yes’ in Industrial Action Ballot
6th - Ballot results - letter to members -
1st - Bristol's emergency 999 workers at risk from public attacks
1st - InFocus magazine
29th - A man threw punches at a paramedic before spitting blood in a policeman's mouth
27th - Channel4 10 O'Clock Live - Watch the section about Serco at 40m00s.  It is companies like this that could take over aspects of the ambulance service under the government White Paper.
21st - Patient 'left to have miscarriage in West Midlands hospital corridor'
15th - Most stupid 999 calls: 'Can you bring my washing in?'
13th - Serious ambulance incidents revealed 
13th - Ambulance depot cylinders stolen 
7th - Man blocked ambulance's path on way to accident
7th - Paramedic wins bravery award
7th - Man arrested after paramedic threatened at gunpoint