Anger as ambulance trust bosses tell paramedics NOT to accept an offer from a Brighton hospital to get the Covid bump because there are "protocols that must be followed".
- Brighton and Sussex University Hospital offered vaccines to ambulance staff
- There was allegedly an excess of vaccine on December 27, giving staff the chance
- The rescue service on the southeast coast forbids employees from receiving a bump in this way
A union has accused ambulance bosses of telling paramedics not to accept offers for the coronavirus vaccine.
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust offered vaccines to ambulance staff on December 27th.
But trouble arose when the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) allegedly banned staff from getting the bump, even though the vaccine may be wasted if not consumed.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust offered vaccines to ambulance staff on December 27th (pictured)
SECAMB management said staff should not access the vaccine in this way and that they will be informed when it is made available to them.
The union shared a Facebook post from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) saying they had "protocols to follow".
The contribution read: & # 39; We were made aware of an offer from employees to receive their Covid-19 vaccine in a hospital in our region.
& # 39; We know the offer was made in good faith, but we must follow protocols regarding this. We ask the staff not to do this.
The union shared a Facebook post from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) saying they "must follow protocols" (pictured).
"The Trust has been given strict instructions on how our employees can access the vaccine and we will keep employees informed of when and how to do so as the vaccination program continues."
GMB said, "It is nothing less than a potentially criminal act to prohibit its employees and individuals who have risked their lives all year long from saving the lives of others from access to life-saving vaccines."
The Ambulance Trust, which serves Brighton and Hove, said hundreds of employees have already been vaccinated.
According to Brighton and Hove News, priority has been given to the clinically most vulnerable and those on the front lines.
GMB said it has been "flooded with complaints" about how the NHS's domestic policy is preventing staff from receiving the earliest possible protection.
GMB regional organizer Gary Palmer said he was "shocked" to find out that "vital doses are wasted".
He said, "Instead of giving the trust a round of applause for being proactive and consuming the cans, tell the ambulance drivers that they are not important enough."
GMB regional organizer Gary Palmer (pictured) said he was "shocked" to learn of this and called the decision an "obvious task for those on the front lines".
He called the decision an "obvious task for those on the front lines who have" put their lives in danger all year round ".
He said, “It is nothing less than a crime.
"The GMB union and its members will demand an explanation as a result of this obvious abandonment of their own employees."
Mr Palmer added that the vaccine supply is believed to be "surplus for the day" and staff had been asked if they wanted the shock to "prevent a number of doses from being wasted".
He said, “To the horror of the ambulance staff, some of whom had traveled nearly 100 miles to access this treatment, they were met by a Secamb manager who had been directed to turn the staff away at the door.
“It's already a national shame that ambulance staff are at the back of the queue for vaccines, but this is another level.
GMB Secamb office officials today proactively tried to challenge the managers, directly with Chief Executive Officer Philip Astle.
& # 39; And while the SECAmb management team we believe is now a mistake, the Trust has put too much effort into preventing and blocking employees for it to clearly be true. Lives could be lost as a result of this appalling decision.
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