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Ambulance merger is a step closer
4:00pm Saturday 13th October 2012 in News
Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) has rubberstamped its merger with South Western Ambulance Service.
The board of GWAS met in private on September 3 and agreed to recommend the dissolution of the service to the Department of Health.
The Department is likely to make a decision by the end of November and, if it sanctions the merger, the new ambulance service will come into being on February 1, 2013.
All eligible staff of GWAS would transfer to South Western on their existing terms and conditions under TUPE regulations.
However, in a GWAS board paper, project director Brigid Musselwhite, said: “Some changes may be made to staffing structures and arrangements and these will be subject to normal consultation and good practice employment relations.”