Vote of no confidence stuns paramedics managers

Paramedics have passed a vote of no confidence in managers at North East Ambulance Service Trust over its implementation of the NHS Agenda for Change pay system.

Health Service Journal reports that the vote comes against a backdrop of discontent at some ambulance trusts across the country about payment for meal breaks and enhanced grading for paramedics and technicians.

The NHS HR director, Andrew Foster, told the journal that despite “rumblings” of discontent across the ambulance service, just three out of the 31 trusts were having problems with the grading.

The trust said local union and staff representatives had been involved throughout and that the whole process was “robust and fair”.

The trust said it found the vote of no confidence “difficult to understand”.

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