Back On The Car…

There is a slight problem I have with returning to the ambulances, and that is my new partner is currently on sick leave, and has been for some time.  No-one knows when they are going to come back to work – so I’m often finding myself ‘single’ with nobody to work with.

When you are ‘single’ you can be teamed up with another ‘single’ pretty much anywhere in London.

At the moment our sector is having trouble reaching our government targets (which are calculated at the end of February), of particular concern is Poplar ambulance station who, because of atrocious manning, are struggling to meet the targets.  To counter this management have made it known that any shortfall in manning Poplar must be corrected as a priority.

So – when I’m single I’m often going to find myself making my way over to the Poplar area.

Last night however, there was no-one for me to work with at Poplar…So they asked me to work on the FRU.

Fear of being asked to travel over to the other side of London is I refused meant that last night I was once more a solo responder.

So last night I had the hump.

Thankfully it wasn’t too busy, the usual complaints of “my child hasn’t eaten properly for two days”, “I’m having an angina attack” and “I’m drunk” were quite enough.  There was one interesting job though – A policeman hit a pedestrian with his car.

Thankfully he wasn’t travelling on blue lights, nor going too fast for the road.  The woman apparently ran out into the road without looking, which given some of the pedestrian activities I normally see isn’t out of the ordinary.  Luckily for the woman involved there was an anesthetist walking past, and he managed the immediate need to keep her neck still.  After our examination our main concerns was that she was concussed and that she was cold from lying in the road – thankfully the ambulance was pretty quick, and she was soon in the warm, where our further examination showed no immediate injuries.

The area was cordened off and as the woman was being looked after by the crew I went to make sure that the policeman who was driving was alright.  He was quite shaken up by the event, and I hope he gets support from his work.

In completely unrelated news, there is a lot of anger amongst us EMTs in London – as a lot of people are getting docked pay under our Agenda for Change pay-deal.  As soon I find out more, I’ll let you know – but it looks like some people are losing as much as £3,200 this year.  As it’s to do with money I don’t understand it myself, but I’ll get someone to explain it to me.

14 thoughts on “Back On The Car…”

  1. A shame for the woman and the policeman, not just because of injuries / shock etc, but because the policeman will now no doubt have several weeks' worth of paperwork to fill out.

  2. Yes, your basic pay is protected under A4C. But, the problem is the extra payments (such as the anti social hours payments) that certain roles receive. these are also being totally shaken up.Then, when your pay is protected, you simply don't get a payrise as normal. That is losing out on money in the long term. And anyone that lives in London knows that every penny is needed to try and keep your heads above water. My husband and I both work for the NHS, and we're incredibly lucky that we bought before the housing boom and are able to plan ahead and try and make some long term cash by playing the housing market. If we weren't in this position there is now way that we could plan a long term future in London.

  3. I, too hope the Policeman gets proper, genuine from his work, and the woman is ok too and doesn't decide to sue, etc, etc to get a quick buck!Tom, please can you explain these mobile ITU's? I rode past one the other day in the Scrubs Lane area. I've been out of general practice for years now, and find it amazingly wonderful that there can be a mobile ITU – are you guys/girls trained up? Is it budgetary? Is it to stabilise en route to static ITU?

    Thanks and I'm so glad I was recommended to your site. Keep up the good work all round. Hope your Mom's ok.


  4. 3200?! It would be one thing if EMTs had CEO pay scales. Then it would be a drop in the bucket. But isn't that close to about 10% of total pay?? And at London prices, everybody must be living rather close to the edge as it is.I guess when rejecting the communist model–from each according to their means, to each according to their needs–the powers-that-be have slid right into “from each according to their inabilty to resist, to each according to their ability to take.”

  5. erm, there is something seriously wrong there, as in “cock up” wrong, as opposed to this is your “new pay scale like it” wrong.even if you have moved over to AfC, you can't actually lose pay, do you mean loss of antisocial payments or basic salary?

  6. Found this

    and gotta wonder at how you are being treated. You are educated professionals providing a vital service, but you get treated like naughty children by bureaucrats without the ability to tie their own shoes.

  7. it is widely agreed up here that A4C is going to die on its feet, so I'm surprised there's so much doom and gloom (in an active, 'bad things are happening' now sense, rather than an inactive, 'nothing's happening at all' sense) at your end. Perhaps that is because you are at the medical end of the NHS, whereas we're jsut putain

    (newly an MTO2 for Tissue Services in the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service)

  8. I work for a union at my university and when we went to single pay spine, much like the agenda for change scale, their was what is called a 'no detriment' clause. This means that when a person is transferred onto the pay spine, they can only stay the same or go up. I would be REALLY surprised if no such clause was negotiated by your union! Anybody who lost 3200 pounds needs to contact their union rep ASAP and check this out to see how much this is based on FACT.IF it is the case, then you really need to harass your union for failing to represent and protect members interests. My partner is a physio and I know they had a no detriment clause…..

  9. My reasoning is that because our basic pay has actually been reduced (from 1830.58 to 1649.83) we have been overpaid every month (by 180.75) since October 2004 and now they want it back. And who can blame them?

  10. I remember you mentioned the pay situation before and I was totally amazed that people would be expected to receive salaries lower than they had been paid before. I agree with Pinklitva: if your pay drops, then your union has let you down.

  11. Losing as much as 3200?? Appalling!As for the pedestrian and the policeman, I hope both fully recover quickly.

    This is my first visiting your blog. What a wonderful site! I am bookmarking you and plan to visit often.

  12. Agenda for Change: NHS terms and conditions of service handbook,January 2005 quite clearly states that staff will not lose out under agenda for changesee para's 46.22 to 46.27

    if their new pay band is less that their previous pay, they will receive protected pay.

    46.25 The period of protection will end when the total level of payments under the new

    system exceeds the level of protected pay, or when the protected person changes

    job voluntarily, or at the latest on 30 September 2009 for staff in early implementer sites and 31 March 2011 for staff in national roll-out

    this is either a bad case of chinese wispers or a big cock up

  13. This was my understanding of the Agenda for Change terms and conditions…..I cannot believe that any union – although I realise I can always be proven wrong – would accept an offer which allowed management to transfer people onto LOWER pay than they have been on…….methinks I hear Chinese whispers too….would love to know the details…..

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