PROTESTORS voiced concerns over patient safety during a demonstration outside the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust headquarters in Wakefield.
Members of the Unite union were among protesters at Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate, where ambulance bosses held a board meeting.
The union was de-recognised by the ambulance service for collective bargaining on behalf of its members in February this year. The union claim safety would be compromised by plans to send semi-skilled emergency care assistants to 999 call outs.
Terry Cunliffe of Unite, said: “We have turned up to make sure the board know there is a major dispute on here and that we are extremely concerned about patient safety.” A trust spokeswoman, said: “We wholly refute the claims being made by Unite the Union and would like to stress that all of our decisions are focused upon providing responsive, safe and high-quality care to patients in Yorkshire.”