The Trust, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex, was rated Inadequate three years ago after the lives of patients were being put at risk.Read the full story ›
SECAmb has thanked staff and volunteers for professionalism and hard work during a busy Christmas and New Year.Read the full story ›
Daren Mochrie was appointed the post in April 2017 with a brief to address multiple failings in patient care.Read the full story ›
The South East Coast Ambulance Service is improving according to the CQC but they've still got a way to go.Read the full story ›
A pensioner who broke her neck after a fall at home was left lying on the floor and in pain for six hours while she waited for an ambulance.
Shirley Raycraft, who's still in hospital, is from Worthing. Because her injury was rated as a category C paramedics should have been with her within 30 minutes - instead they took twelve times longer to arrive.
South East Coast Ambulance Service, which is already in special measures, has apologised.
Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Alan Raycraft, Baroness Angela Smith and Nigel Sweet, paramedic and UNISON steward.
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A report, commissioned by South East Coast Ambulance Service itself, has concluded that staff lived in a culture of fear and that sexual harassment and bullying was commonplace.
It is in debt and regarded as "inadequate" but new Chief Executive Daren Mochrie, who started in April, says he will turn things around.
SECAmb was placed in special measures by the health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, last year.
Today's report by Professor Duncan Lewis from Plymouth University follows a number of resignations at the Trust by senior managers.
SECAmb covers Kent, Surrey, Sussex and north east Hampshire.
Earlier, Fred spoke to Chief Executive Daren Mochrie himself.
Delayed ambulances and not answering 999 calls quick enough - just two of the reasons a scandal-hit ambulance trust has been put into special measures.
A damning report into the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) - which covers Sussex, Surrey and North-East Hampshire - also found other serious concerns, including:
- Response times not meeting national targets.
- Patients giving up on calls for help, especially on weekends.
- Not enough staff, impacting on performance and fatigue.
- A culture of harassment and bullying of staff.
So what now for the troubled trust?
Andy Dickenson speaks to Ben Williams, Geraint Davies, acting chief executive of Secamb, Alan Thorne of the Care Quality Commission, David Liley of Healthwatch, and Nigel Sweet from Unison.
An NHS report has attacked SECAmb for delaying response time and putting patients at risk.Read the full story ›
South East Coast Ambulance Service is asking the public to think carefully before dialling 999 after a spike in the number of calls.Read the full story ›