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Essex MP welcomes latest ambulance resignations

Witham MP Priti Patel has welcomed the resignation of five non-executive directors at the East of England Ambulance Service. Credit: ITV News

Essex MP Priti Patel has welcomed the resignation of five non-executive directors of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

The Conservative MP for Witham led a parliamentary debate on the short-comings of the Ambulance service on Tuesday.

Ms Patel said: “The priority now for the Trust is to continue to improve services to patients, get their finances in order and appoint new non-executive directors who have the skills and expertise to achieve this.

"A new leadership team at the Trust will help restore public confidence and support the work being undertaken by paramedics and other staff on the frontline.”

More resignations at the Ambulance Service

Moe non-executive directors of ambulance service resign Credit: ITV Anglia

The remaining non-executive directors of the East of England Ambulance Service have resigned. Margaret Stockham, Paul Remington, Anne Osborn, and Phil Barlow are all leaving with immediate effect.

The Service has been the subject of recent criticism over response times.

Dr Geoff Harris, new Chair of the Trust, said: “This is a line in the sand for the Trust and I thank the Non-Executive Directors for their collective action. "

"We must maintain our focus on continuing to drive up the service to patients whilst I focus on putting a new Board in place.”

The Ambulance Trust says the recruitment process for new Board members has started and two of the posts are already being advertised.


Ambulance Service director resigns

One of five Non-Executive Directors at the East of England Ambulance Service has resigned. Caroline Bailes announced her decision to step down earlier today.

Yesterday MP's debated the state of the service in parliament, following criticism about their poor response times. MP for Witham, Priti Patel, has welcomed the news but said there are still four more board members "who should quit too".

MPs say ambulance managers are to blame for waiting times

MPs from across the East have told Parliament poor ambulance response times across our region are the fault of management and that five non-executive Board Members at the East of England ambulance service must resign. An earlier report noted a sense of "helplessness" among running the Trust.

In a special Parliamentary debate MPs highlighted cases where constituents have had to wait too long for ambulances.

Responding to the debate Health Minister Anna Soubrey said the Ambulance Trust had "abandoned" some rural parts of the region .

Ambulance service has 'abandoned' rural patients


Damning reports for region's ambulance service

A damning report exposing how an ambulance service in East Anglia is failing the people who need it most has been published.

Poor ambulance response times, weak leadership and rising levels of staff sickness are just some of the findings of the new report into the East of England Ambulance Service.

The Trust covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and a population of nearly 6 million.

But all too often, the report says, patients are being let down. Now, 25 recommendations have been made to turn the failing Trust around.

Quick action promised on critical ambulance report

The new chairman of the East of England Ambulance Trust, Dr Geoff Harris, says the report's recommendations will be implemented quickly.

Dr Harris said: "One of the first tasks will be for me, with the board, to review the findings of this report and submit a formal response to the NHS Trust Development Authority.

"Any changes needed to our existing turnaround plan, which the trust published in April, to incorporate the recommendations will be implemented promptly."

Report calls for more paramedics and ambulances

A hard-hitting report on the problems of the East of England Ambulance Trust is calling for more paramedics and more ambulances on the road.

The latest inquiry and report was conducted by Dr Anthony Marsh on behalf of the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Dr Marsh, who is chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, wrote:

"There is a feeling across the organisation that the trust board does not listen...the board have only recently accepted that there is a shortage of front line ambulance crews within the trust yet managers state they have been raising this for some time."

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