Yorkshire Ambulance staff end two-year dispute

Ambulance staff have agreed to end a long-running dispute over working arrangements after nearly two years of industrial action.

The Unite union has held a series of strikes since April 2013 claiming new shift patterns could affect safety.

In a joint statement, Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) and Unite said an agreement had been reached to re-recognise the union.

It stated they were "working together to safeguard patient safety".

The statement said: "Both parties are resolved to settle all outstanding issues and return immediately to a normalised working relationship.

"The priority of both YAS and Unite is to ensure the delivery of a first-class ambulance service for the people of Yorkshire and Humberside.

"Both YAS and Unite are now looking forward to forging a new relationship based on mutual respect and a commitment to the people of Yorkshire and Humberside."

The deal follows the resignation of YAS chief executive David Whiting last November.

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