Ambulance crews plan pay strike

Members of the ambulance drivers’ union Apap working in the West Midlands and Shropshire are threatening to strike if talks fail to resolve a dispute with the NHS trust about pay and conditions.

A series of strikes is planned by the union, which represents ambulance driers, managers and control room staff, starting with two-hour walk-outs a some ambulance stations from the end of next week.

Apap general secretary Mark Weatherhead said the implementation of Agenda for Change would leave some members facing a pay cut of £3,500, where paramedics and technicians had enjoyed a higher pay scale.

Chief executive of the NHS trust Barry Johns said the problem was not confined to the West Midlands.

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