Deployment of PTS Staff and Non-Bulkhead Ambulances
Unison has been contacted by members employed within the PTS service(s) with regard to their deployment in support of emergency services within our Trust because they are concerned about the lack of PPE and or training in their new area of deployment. Unison has sought assurances that these concerns are being addressed as a matter of urgency before any members become injured or infected as a consequence.
Unison Health and Safety is also aware that the majority of PTS ambulances and also a number of other ambulances currently being prepared at a Holding Centre have been constructed without a bulkhead separating the patient saloon area from the crew cab. This was identified in a recent reportby the Branch Health & Safety Officer following a visit to the Centre.
Unison has notified the Trust of their concerns which are covered in a recent document from NHS England and NHS Improvement which specifies their requirements, issued on 27 March 2020 which covers the “requirements for all patient transport service (PTS) providers and NHS ambulance Trusts in England during the Covid-19 emergency response”.
Section 8 covers the Health & Safety requirements:
Unison Health & Safety considers it a priority to implement the installation of temporary bulkheads within ALL ambulances in the interest of staff and patient safety, as a matter of urgency and has requested assurances from the Trust that this is currently being acted upon.
East of England Ambulance Service
Unison Health & Safety Officer
Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Covid-19
22 April 2020