The National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) said today (Friday, 24th March) that it was deeply disappointed and concerned with the findings of today’s HIQA review of progress in implementing recommendations on pre-hospital emergency care services.
NASRA said it was clear that three years on from the original HIQA Review of National Ambulance Service (NAS) the safety and care of patients relying on the ambulance services are still being compromised by issues such as lack of capacity, under-staffing and over reliance on overtime.
NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon said that while there had been progress on recruitment into the NAS, management must accept the reality that it is extremely difficult to attract recruits to the NAS when pay and conditions have been progressively eroded in recent years due to austerity and public service pay agreement cuts.
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Note: all staff assigned to HSE National Ambulance Service who are party to the provisions under the terms of the Public Service agreement are entitled to compensation for actual losses. This is to include non-rostered staff, ICO’s, clerical admin, any trades people assigned to service and managers.
I refer to recent correspondence to you regarding your entitlement to compensation under the terms of the Public Service agreement 2010 - 2014. In this regard the calculation should reflect the terms of the PSA agreement in that all losses are to be compensated for at 1.5 times the actual loss.
It is our view that following the terms of the PSA agreement and the subsequent Labour Court Recommendations regarding the agreement and the precedent of the settlement of the compensation payment agreed between the HSE and our members in Dundrum Central Mental Hospital that the following agreed principles should apply in your case.
The reverse effect of the change to the following
1: Overtime rate for Sundays
2: Overtime rate for Public holidays
3: Overtime rate for time x 2
4: Overtime rate for time x 1.5
5: Overtime rate from 1.5 to 1.25
6: First hour of overtime in week given free x 52
7: Overtime by 2 rostered lost due to change
8: Pay cut of 7.5% x 1.5 times the loss
9: All losses noted in LCR 20313 not noted above x 1.5 times the actual loss.
NASRA , the National Ambulance Service Representative Association said today (Wednesday, 18 th May ) that the findings of a HSE review of the National Ambulance Service must be acted on urgently in order to avoid further tragedy as a result of lack of investment and the inability of ambulances to respond adequately to emergency incidents.
Commenting on the publication the National Ambulance Service of Ireland's Emergency Service Baseline and Capacity Review, NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon said ; ‘We have seen a number of adverse incidents in recent years that have resulted from lack of investment in the National Ambulance Service and the HSE insistence on defending response times that have now been shown to be completely unrealistic'.
You can listen to NASRA National Chairman , Michael Dixon on Shannonside Radio where he discusses the leaked independent report on NAS response times
NASRA , the National Ambulance Service Representative Association said today (Monday 9th May ) that the findings of a new review of HIQA ambulance response times confirms NASRA's own findings last year that the HIQA targets are impossible to meet and are exposing the public to danger.
NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon said: ‘NASRA's statement last year that the worrying rise in the number of incidents of serious delays in ambulance response times was evidence that the service cannot meet the impossible HIQA response time targets, especially while resources and personnel were being cut, is sadly fully vindicated by the findings of the independent review ordered by the HSE, as reported in the media today.'
Mr. Martin Dunne,
Director of the National Ambulance Service
Office of the Director of the National Ambulance Service
National Ambulance Service
Health Service Executive
27th April 2016
Dear Mr. Dunne,
Previous correspondence refers.
In the first instance I want to emphasise for your attention the anger, fear and the extremely poor morale of the Ambulance Paramedic Workforce in the Midlands Area:
• Anger at the imposition of a rostering system which represents a very damaging threat to their home and working lives and undermines patient response times and safety.
• Fear of the implications for their future in the Ambulance Service.
• The only thing which lifts morale is the anger they feel towards Ambulance Service Management.
They balloted in huge numbers in favour of Strike Action. At the same time they are highly conscious of the service they provide to the community, the support they enjoy in the community and their concern to be responsible professionals, taking Industrial Action as a very last resort.