Patient transport service staff (PTS)
It has been brought to our attention within UNISON that some controllers have requested walking patients or escorts use the stretcher as a seat when they have no clinical need.
Further there have been reports that members of staff have been asked to use the stretcher in order to increase capacity.
Please do not put anyone on a stretcher without a medical need. This is a Health and Safety issue.
This is guidance given to UNISON from management following complaints from UNISON members.
If instructed to put a walking patient, escort or you on the stretcher you should refuse the instruction.
Please report the incident to your line manager, datix and notify Unison.
PTS UNISON rep