Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber;
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 December 2006
Employment effect (start)
31 March 2007
Foreseen end date


An ambulance service has warned hundreds of workers they face redundancy in a letter sent out just days before Christmas.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) told 400 management, administrative and support staff that changes were being made to deliver a more efficient service.

Formal notice of redundancy was served on those staff who do not secure jobs with the service by the end of March.

Unions have 'utterly condemned' the 'cruel' timing of the letter.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) was formed on 1 July, following the merger of the South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metropolitan, and the East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trusts.

YAS acting chief executive Simon Worthington said the letter explained to staff the next steps in the trust's restructuring process.

He said: 'To put in place a 'best in class' service in first-line and emergency care for people in Yorkshire and to meet the targets set by the government, YAS has to ensure it has the appropriate organisational and staff structure in place. To this end, it has reviewed all non-frontline services and will make a number of changes to deliver a more efficient service.'

The trust is committed to providing support to employees at risk of redundancy to secure employment before 31 March.

Neil Derrick, senior officer of the GMB said: 'We utterly condemn the timing and the content of the directive today from the YAS which puts essential backroom staff at risk days before Christmas without any consultation or discussions with the trade unions.'


  • 20 December 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64681, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64681.