Agreement reached in ambulance row

Agreement reached in ambulance row

Published at 3:50pm 9th February 2015. (Updated at 4:02pm 9th February 2015)

A long-running dispute between Yorkshire Ambulance Service and union members has ended.

Since April 2013, hundreds of staff have taken part in a series of strikes over patient and staff safety issues.

There was also anger that the NHS Trust decided not to recognise the Unite union.

In a joint statement, they said: "Both parties are resolved to settle all outstanding issues and return immediately to a normalised working relationship.

"The priority of both YAS and Unite is to ensure the delivery of a first-class ambulance service for the people of Yorkshire and Humberside.

"In acknowledgement of the fact that both parties have committed to building a constructive working relationship, an agreement has now been reached that will see Unite formally re-recognised by the Trust. Both parties will now work together on all relevant issues to safeguard the interests and safety of patients.

"Both YAS and Unite are now looking forward to forging a new relationship based on mutual respect and a commitment to the people of Yorkshire and Humberside."

In November, David Whiting resigned as the NHS Trust’s Chief Executive and union officials said they hoped to enter "a new chapter" in relations with bosses.