In the United Kingdom a large strike is underway by at least 20,000 people who work on ambulances and are demanding that salaries be adjusted to the cost of living, better working conditions and new hires. Among those on strike are drivers, paramedics and people handling calls. Up until the end of the strike, the service will be guaranteed only for particularly serious or urgent calls, for example linked to life-threatening, childbirth or loss of consciousness and cardiac cases.
As early as December 2022, ambulance staff had gone on strike, after having never done so in over thirty years, together with other categories of workers, including teachers, postmen and public transport drivers. Each sector had gone on strike with specific requests, but in common there was the request for salaries to be adjusted to the cost of living and the opposition to the cuts in funds to public services decided by the government.