Yorkshire Ambulance Service distances itself from comments

An ambulance service today distanced itself from comments posted on Facebook by one of its senior employees in which he criticised ''lazy'' and ''unproductive'' NHS staff.

David Forster, policy and strategy director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, criticised the NHS for employing ''too many who are lazy, unproductive, obstinate, militant, aggressive at every turn'', the Yorkshire Post reported.

In the comments, posted in an online discussion, 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''.

The trust issued a statement distancing itself from the comments and said the matter had been dealt with internally.

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

''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

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1:29pm Sat 24 Jul 10

BMD says...

t appears David Forster has finally had enough and spoke his mind.
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Lazy, unproductive, obstinate, militant, and aggressive at every turn, this could any public sector department.
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Let’s hope more senior professionals find the courage to speak out about the condition the Public sector service.
t appears David Forster has finally had enough and spoke his mind. . Lazy, unproductive, obstinate, militant, and aggressive at every turn, this could any public sector department. . Let’s hope more senior professionals find the courage to speak out about the condition the Public sector service. BMD

4:22pm Sun 25 Jul 10

Jonesy2010 says...

Typical NHS management comment. Always trying to blame someone else for their own failings. Comments like this just divide the workforce causing a them and us culture. Very professional well done. I'm sure this has gone a long way to improve the morale of the hard working staff on the front line. Hope you enjoy your air conditioned office and no night shifts!!
Typical NHS management comment. Always trying to blame someone else for their own failings. Comments like this just divide the workforce causing a them and us culture. Very professional well done. I'm sure this has gone a long way to improve the morale of the hard working staff on the front line. Hope you enjoy your air conditioned office and no night shifts!! Jonesy2010

10:50pm Sun 25 Jul 10

Jolly Roger says...

Freedom of speech comes to my mind and he has every right to do what he did and say it in public domain nand not sweep it under the carpet which alot do.
Freedom of speech comes to my mind and he has every right to do what he did and say it in public domain nand not sweep it under the carpet which alot do. Jolly Roger

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