Ambulance staff set to walk out for four hours

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AN AMBULANCE trust says it has plans in place to continue providing its service during a four-hour walk-out by union members.

South Central Ambulance Service has been notified by Unison, Unite and GMB unions, of their intention to strike for four hours on Monday, between 7am and 11am.

A spokesman said: ‘We recognise the right of our employees to strike, but we need to maintain an essential service to the public, and in light of this action we are working closely with all our staff, partners and the public to help us reduce demand on our services.

‘Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate any adverse effects of the strike action and ensure the safety of our patients.’

People are being reminded to visit their GP, pharmacy, or walk-in centres for medical help.