Crisis-hit ambulance service which has left sick pensioners waiting hours for help hiring £65k ‘inclusion’ manager

A crisis-hit ambulance service that has kept ailing pensioners waiting hours for help is hiring an inclusion and engagement leader for up to £65,000 a year.

The Welsh Ambulance Service, whose motto is ‘doing our best’, wants a manager to ensure its 4,000 staff have a ‘culture of dignity and respect’.

Melvyn Ryan, 89, had to be taken to hospital strapped to a plank in the back of a van due to an ambulance shortage in Wales

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Melvyn Ryan, 89, had to be taken to hospital strapped to a plank in the back of a van due to an ambulance shortage in WalesCredit: Nicole Lea/MEDIA WALES

The job posting states they will “lead and implement the equality, diversity, engagement and inclusion agenda for the Trust”.

Key criteria for applicants include “knowledge across the spectrum of diversity and inclusion.”

Earlier this month, the service issued a “black alert” with medics admitting they couldn’t handle 2,000,999 calls.

The unprecedented demand has resulted in some patients waiting several hours for an ambulance and some patients have been told to go to the hospital themselves.

One was 89-year-old Melvyn Ryan, who had to be taken to hospital strapped to a plank in the back of a van due to a lack of ambulances.

The grandpa suffered a broken hip and shoulder and a cut to his head earlier this week after a fall at his home in Cwmbran, South Wales.

His granddaughter Nicole Lea, who found him, said: “I knew the NHS was in trouble and the waits were long.

“But what I didn’t know when I called 999 was that they would just turn around and say they weren’t sending help and expect me to figure out how to get him to safety.”

Activists blasted the job ad last night as even more taxpayer money is being spent on Wokery.

Elliot Keck, investigative campaign leader at TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “These direct roles are a waste at the best of times.

“Since the emergency services are in poor health, they are frankly lenient.

“These funds should be used for frontline services.”

Ambulance workers are said to be on strike on Wednesday and December 28 over pay disputes.

The coordinated strike in England and Wales by the three main ambulance unions – Unison, GMB and Unite – only affects non-life threatening calls.

Unison, Unite and GMB take action on December 21st. GMB union members will strike again on December 28th.

The strikes will involve paramedics, as well as control room staff and auxiliaries.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps said pay increases for ambulances and nurses had been decided by independent pay review bodies.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/6944875/ambulance-service-pensioners-waiting-head-inclusion/ Crisis-hit ambulance service which has left sick pensioners waiting hours for help hiring £65k ‘inclusion’ manager

Emma James

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