South West Ambulance staff call for trust's boss to resign
staff across Somerset have called for their boss to quit as they
"struggle to maintain a crumbling service."
union members from South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) have written
a letter "apologising" to the public for "potentially
putting them at risk."
have told Chief Executive Ken Wenman that government cuts have led
to "despair and frustration" among staff.
Wenman said SWASFT was working to "improve resource levels"
and "urged" GMB to "re-engage and talk to us".
has not commented publicly on the call for him to resign. The open
letter was addressed as an "apology to our families, friends
and the community".
the public, they said they were "sorry for not getting to you
or your loved ones quick enough because there are just not enough
also apologised to family and friends for times when they missed
"yet another family occasion".
also wrote that they felt "unsupported" by their employer
Palmer, from the GMB, said: "We felt this recent letter on
behalf of a group of GMB members particularly summoned up the general
despair and frustration many staff currently feel from working within
a service and role they love."
Fox, from SWASFT, said: "We accept that there is always more
to be done and we will continue to work closely with our colleagues
and listen and respond to their needs."
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust covers Cornwall,
Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol,
Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
ambulance service provision - with one ambulance and one rapid response
car - is now at its lowest level for over 15 years, as we first
reported here earlier