Welsh Ambulance Services trust has agreed a £200,000 out-of-court settlement with former chief ambulance officer John Beechers. The First Division Association, which has supported Mr Beechers, said he was sacked after refusing to accept a temporary job following the merger of Wales' ambulance trusts. The post would have increased his round-trip to work by 88 miles.

Jon Restell, the FDA's NHS officer, said the case 'shows managers cannot be forced into any old job in new structures' and 'the hardball approach has a price'.