New ambulance boss says it'll take months or years to turn around the troubled trust

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The new boss of the East of England Ambulance Service says it will take months, if not years to see a 'whole series of changes' at the troubled health trust.

Tom Abell says there will be a 'whole host of changes' at the trust

Tom Abell took up the post of Chief Executive at the beginning of August - becoming the third boss in 5 years.

His appointment comes after a string of issues for the service.

  • In January 2018 a whistleblower claimed up to 20 patients died because of delays.

  • In July 2019 Inspectors said the staff were 'poorly led'.

  • In May 2021 a report urged more training after the deaths of 3 staff.

  • Then in October the trust was put in special measures after an inspector's report found a culture of bullying and abuse.

Unions have now said calling in military support in Essex and Cambridgeshire is just a sticking plaster calling for better pay and adequate breaks to help retain staff.