PEOPLE are being encouraged to think before they call 999 as ambulance staff carry on protesting for a pay rise.
South Central Ambulance Service (Scas), which delivers ambulance cover and patient transport service in Hampshire, has given the warning, as union members will be taking industrial action short of a strike for the rest of this week.
Following on from yesterday’s walkout, union members will work to rule until midnight Sunday.
A Scas spokesman said: ‘We will be working hard to get to our most life-threatening patients as a priority, however there may be a delay in getting to those patients in non-life threatening conditions.
‘Contingency plans have been put in place to mitigate any adverse effects of the action and ensure the safety of our patients.
‘We are working closely with our unions to deliver patient care that is not compromised across our emergency and non-emergency services.
We would like to remind the public to use our services appropriately and only call 999 if absolutely essential.’
Scas is also reminding people to visit a pharmacy or your GP for help, as well as use walk-in centres and minor injuries units.
NHS workers have embarked upon a second round of industrial action as the government is refusing to give them a one per cent pay rise as indicated should be awarded by an independent pay body.