Ambulance bosses deny £7m redundancy claim

North West Ambulance Service
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North West ambulance bosses have denied union claims that £7m has been spent on redundancies.

The combined spend on redundancy and other forms of exit packages by the 10 ambulance trusts in England since 2010 amounts to £31million, the GMB union says.

During the past seven years, the North West Ambulance Service has spent £7m, it claims.

These figures came from a Freedom of Information request submitted to the ambulance Trusts by GMB.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB national officer, said: “It is hugely concerning that trusts’ increasingly scarce resources are being used in this way rather than on frontline care.

“Our members are there when we need them most.

“They deserve better than this.

“At a time when our emergency services are at breaking point we should be investing in our ambulance services, not cutting them.”

However, the figures were questioned by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

A spokesman said: “NWAS works very closely with its partner trade unions to avoid redundancies and to support staff into alternative employment.

“The amount spent on redundancy costs over the last seven years is significantly lower than that stated by GMB, although the trust has also run NHS approved schemes which enable staff to leave voluntarily for a reduced severance payment.

“Where redundancies are made or voluntary schemes are offered, they are primarily within management.”