1. ITV Report

Robert Morton: East of England Ambulance Trust chief executive stands down

Robert Morton has stood down. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust has resigned.

The trust has struggled with winter pressures in the last year, and was subject to a risk summit when a whistle-blower alleged that patients had been harmed due to delays.

Robert Morton, who's been head of the trust for the last three years, thanked staff for their "care, compassion and commitment to patients".

A date for his departure hasn't been set yet, and a timeline to recruit a replacement hasn't been finalised either.

"While I feel privileged to be the Chief Executive of EEAST my future plans mean I cannot commit to a further three years. I feel this is the right time to hand over to someone else," Mr Morton said.

"I wish to record my thanks to our Trust Chair, Sarah Boulton and my Board and Executive colleagues for their unwavering support and commitment over the last three years. I also want to thank staff for their care, compassion and commitment to our patients and to supporting each other.”

Trust Chair, Sarah Boulton, said that Mr Morton will be a tough act to follow.

"I am sad to say that our chief executive Robert Morton has informed me that he is leaving us," she said.

"Robert’s legacy is a great one. He has had the vision and compassion to get us into a great place, and our highly skilled board members will continue on their course to leading EEAST to becoming a high-performing trust."