Unison warns over paramedic stress levels
The ambulance service is on the verge of breaking down due to paramedics' stress levels, union Unison has warned.
A third of the 1300 NHS ambulance workers the union questioned had taken time off due to work related stress in the past year.
Unison Head of Health Christina McAnea told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast that tight targets, long hours, and few breaks were making the job "incredibly stressful."
The Department of Health said it was aware the service was getting busier and as well as recruiting 16% more paramedics since 2010, it would review demands on services.
11 Apr 2014