BREAKING NEWS: EMAS - we coped during industrial action

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Officials at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) stress they coped without any major issues during a national four-hour strike which took place earlier today (Monday) as part of the ongoing NHS 2014/15 pay dispute.

During the four-hours, EMAS revealed they had 10% of their workforce taking full strike action.

Of the 350 frontline ‘colleagues’ who were on duty, 50% worked normally and 50% took some form of Industrial Action.

An EMAS spokesman said: “During that time, we received 463 emergency and urgent 999 calls.

“Of those, 182 were categorised as life-threatening, 195 were serious and 61 were from people who were suffering a minor illness or injury.”

Sue Noyes, EMAS Chief Executive added: “Colleagues have worked incredibly hard and our contingency plans and negotiations with the Trade Unions, have helped us mitigate the impact the national strike action had on patient services.

“I thank colleagues for helping us to continue to provide a safe service during this challenging time.”

Until Friday 17 October, Trade Unions plan further action short of a strike, including

not undertaking paid or unpaid overtime.

EMAS added: “We will continue to hold detailed discussions with GMB and Unison representatives throughout this period to make sure we mitigate any impact on patient safety.

“During this time we would ask the public to only use the 999 service in an emergency.

“Other NHS services are available to support people with minor illness or injury – they include NHS111, general practitioner, local pharmacy or walk-in/urgent care cen