Ambulance staff must feel valued and respected
07 May 2019
- The Labour Party publishes figures revealing that 33,141 ambulance workers have quit their jobs since October 2010.
- It finds that in every ambulance service the number of leavers has increased over the past eight years.
- Labour sets out measures to tackle workforce shortages including a £330 million commitment for staff training and development.
Responding to figures published by Labour on ambulance staff quitting their jobs, the director of communications at NHS Providers, Adam Brimelow, said:
“Ambulance services play a vital role for patients, not just by saving lives in emergencies, but also by helping to avoid unnecessary admissions by treating people at home.
We need to ensure ambulance staff feel valued and respected, and supported in fulfilling their crucial role.Director of Communications
“This is a key priority for the NHS yet ambulance trusts face enormous staffing pressures. The problem has been compounded by rapidly rising demand.
“We need to ensure ambulance staff feel valued and respected, and supported in fulfilling their crucial role. For this - as for the wider NHS workforce shortages - we need three things: a clear plan, the right decision on NHS education and training budgets in the forthcoming spending review, and a recognition that this is going to take several years to solve.”