Secamb says no workers fired attributable to top restrictions in new vans


AN AMBULANCE service says no workers have misplaced their jobs attributable to being too tall or brief for its new automobiles.

It comes after South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) deliberate to switch its whole fleet with transformed Fiat vans.

Nevertheless, issues have been raised over whether or not some folks could be the “improper top” for the brand new automobiles attributable to how the seats and seatbelts are fitted.

The GMB Union feared this might imply that workers have been “pressured out of the service” attributable to their “physique sorts”.

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Charles Harrity, GMB senior organiser stated: “The proposal had the distinct chance that long-term skilled workers might have been pressured out of the service for the weird motive that they’re both too small or too tall.

“Expertise and professionalism have all the time been the standards to work on this service.

“Frontline ambulance clinicians and paramedics are extremely skilled and certified professionals. 

“There has by no means been a minimal or most top requirement to work within the ambulance service. 

An NHS-commissioned evaluation claimed these could be cheaper and higher for the atmosphere than conventional “field” automobiles. 

Secamb’s personal threat evaluation dominated the Fiats have been unsafe for ten per cent of its present workers due to their top.

The belief stated additional investigations had discovered that “the automobiles are in a position to be safely pushed by the overwhelming majority of our workers”.

Mr Harrity added: “The funding within the coaching and improvement of ten per cent of workers might have been thrown away attributable to their physique form. 

“Moreover, Secamb didn’t think about how their proposals would have affected future recruitment coverage nor the influence that such a change would have on their said coverage on selling inclusivity and variety within the workforce. 

“The GMB together with sister commerce unions raised objections to this proposal and welcome the choice that the corporate has, in the interim, taken this weird and economically pushed proposal off the desk.

“The GMB shall be looking for full reassurance from Secamb that neither physique form nor measurement shall be a defining standards for employment within the ambulance service.”

Secamb, which covers sufferers in Surrey, Sussex and Kent, says that it has had Fiats in its fleet for quite a lot of years and they’re additionally a part of car fleets at different ambulance companies throughout the nation.

It additionally states that “no workers have misplaced their jobs” because of the top issues.

A Secamb spokesman stated: “Over the previous few months we’ve listened and responded to the issues raised by a few of our workers relating to Fiat ambulances. 

“We have now labored with the nationwide ambulance procurement group, the car producers and an impartial professional to correctly perceive these issues and discover a manner ahead.

“Though not but concluded, this work has clearly proven that the automobiles are in a position to be safely pushed by the overwhelming majority of our workers.

“We proceed to work with our unions to grasp the implications for the handful of workers which may be affected and unable to drive these automobiles.

“Transferring forwards, we’re dedicated to making sure that we work with our workers to tell our future fleet procurement.”


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