Minimum service levels in event of strike action: ambulance services

DHSC is seeking views on minimum service levels in England, Scotland and Wales during passage of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

17 Feb 2023| News

As the legislative scrutiny of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill continues, the Government are consulting the impact of the legislation on ambulance services in England, Scotland and Wales. This is an open consultation:

“The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking views during passage of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill on, subject to Parliamentary approval, introducing regulations on minimum service levels in England, Scotland, and Wales to support minimum service levels in the health service during strike action to protect patient safety.

The UK government has announced its intention to consult on the application of minimum service levels for rail, ambulance and fire services. In health, our intention is that minimum service levels would protect the ability of workers to strike while protecting life and health. This consultation will help to inform a decision as to what health services should be covered in regulations. Our proposal is that ambulance services should be covered in regulations as a priority. This consultation will help to inform a decision as to whether ambulance services should be covered and if so the detail regarding the minimum service levels required in the ambulance service.”

The target audience is:

  • the general public
  • trade unions
  • NHS ambulance service employers
  • other NHS and health service employers
  • representative organisations and professional bodies
  • all workers within ambulance and health services

An equality impact assessment and an impact assessment will be published in due course.

The Consultation Document can be read here.