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NHS director disciplined over 'lazy staff' comments

A director of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been disciplined after criticising the NHS on the social networking website Facebook.

David Forster reportedly said the NHS employed "too many who are lazy, unproductive, obstinate, militant, aggressive at every turn".

The service's NHS trust said the matter had been dealt with internally.

It said: "These are the opinions of an individual and in no way reflect the sentiment of the organisation."

In the comments, policy and strategy director Mr Forster claimed some employees "couldn't secure a job anywhere outside the bloated public sector where mediocrity is too often shielded by weak and unprincipled HR policies".

A spokesman for the trust added: "We hold our dedicated and professional staff in extremely high regard and work alongside them, in partnership with our trade unions, to provide a high quality ambulance service to the people of Yorkshire.

"Yorkshire Ambulance Service has dealt with this matter under normal trust procedures and would now like to draw a line under this for all concerned."

Mr Forster has declined to comment.

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