Ambulance boss resigns

The Chair of East of England Ambulance Trust Maria Ball has resigned following a critical report by the Care Quality Commission. The Trust has been facing a stream of complaints about poor response times in rural areas.

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Patel: Resignation long overdue

Priti Patel Credit: PA

Witham MP Priti Patel has welcomed the resignation of Maria Ball, the Chair of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. She said:

“The decision by Maria Ball is long overdue and I hope a change of leadership at a Board level will bring in the reforms needed to improve performance and help restore confidence in the ambulance service.

"We should remember that patients and their families have been badly let down by the ambulance service and suffered as a result of the failures presided over by Ms Ball.”

“...Patients across the region need to be confident that the ambulance service is being led by a strong and proactive board, and not a bunch of individuals who are prepared to take the money that comes with the role but accept no responsibility when things go wrong.”

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