Thank you for your reply.
However, that would mean in theory a paramedic may never be offered overtime to work with a technician even though the paramedic does the same job.
I was under the impression it was illegal to prevent or stop someone working overtime if they did the same work or broadly similar work.
Again could you please advise.
Thank you once again for your reply.
I don,t want to be annoying but as there are rostered shifts comprising of two technicians together and two paramedics together for years I feel it is unfair to penalise the paramedic on overtime because he/she gets paid more.
I understand your comments but could you give me a further opinion on that.
Thank you once again,
A paramedic is a technician with some extra skills. Say for example a paramedic was first on the rota to be asked to work overtime then that paramedic would be bypassed in favour for the technician if it were to work with another paramedic even though he/she is doing the technician work every day and only carries out paramedic skills if and when required.
Not always, due to staffing levels throughout Scotland paramedic and technician crew is not always possible. There are double paramedic crews, double technician crews and mixed crews and I believe to be bypassed on the rota because I extended my training to be unfair.
It is recommended a paramedic should be on every ambulance where possible and if the overtime was to work with a technician then the paramedic would be asked first as the technician is not qualified to do the job.
I fully understand that should a paramedic be off, the shift should be covered by a paramedic as a technician is not qualified. However if a technician is off i feel that paramedics ( who are fully qualified technicians with extra training ) and carry out technician duties on a daily basis should also be given the chance of overtime to cover the technicians shift?
I believe the recommendation to have a paramedic where possible on every ambulance came from the Scottish government.
The overtime roster was imposed on us some years ago by management.
I hope this helps.