Ambulance meal break row agreement 'close'

Trades unions representing ambulance staff have said they believe a solution to the long-running dispute over meal breaks is close.

Their statement followed a fifth day of negotiations on the issue.

Union members had turned down proposals which would have given them an additional payment every time a break was interrupted by an emergency call.

The unions said an announcement on the new deal will be made by the Scottish government on Wednesday 18 January.

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