December 13 2013 Latest news:
Ambulance Watch was launched by the EDP in October 2012 to highlight the slow responses and poor performance of the East of England Ambulance Service. Since the campaign launched, there have been a number of high-profile resignations and reviews ordered into the failings of the NHS trust. However, response times to patients in rural Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have not significantly improved over the last 12 months. Ambulance Watch is fighting to ensure that patients get a first-rate service.
The region’s ambulance service has a full complement of non-executive directors for the first time in six months following the announcement of new appointments.
Health chiefs pledged to continue to improve after revealing a dramatic improvement in ambulance turnaround times at the region’s busiest A&E department.
The region’s under-fire ambulance service needs up to £30million extra funding every year in order to meet targets and demand, it was revealed today.
The challenges facing the region’s under-fire ambulance service have been laid bare by a new report which reveals that the organisation will need more than 400 extra front-line staff over the next four years to meet demand.
The region’s under scrutiny ambulance service has only expanded its paramedic numbers by seven this year, despite pledges to hire hundreds more front-line staff.
An under-performing NHS trust has pledged to continue to reduce the amount it spends on private ambulance cover after new figures revealed that it had halved monthly costs since April.
A paramedic broke down in tears as she described how she “felt alone” at the scene of a road traffic collision on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, which resulted in the death of a driver and injury to three others.
A paramedic made “fundamental failings” in the treatment of a critically-injured woman by not carrying out basic checks at the scene of fatal car crash near Thetford, a conduct hearing heard.
Key response times at the region’s under-fire ambulance service have failed to improve in the 12 months since the EDP’s Ambulance Watch campaign was launched, according to new figures.
An inquest has heard how a “catalogue of catastrophes” by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust contributed to the death of a three-month-old baby girl.
The under-performing East of England Ambulance Service has ditched its plans to reapply for foundation trust status, it was announced today.
Seriously-ill patients are continuing to be put at risk by the region’s ambulance service sending responders in cars to meet key response targets, union officials said.
Front-line ambulance staff could go on strike this autumn over a dispute about a reduction in staff sick pay, union officials warned last night.
The search goes on for a permanent chief executive at the region’s ambulance service after it was revealed that none of the interviewed candidates were successful.
Campaigners have pledged to lobby ambulance bosses to improve response times in north Norfolk after figures revealed they were falling woefully below the regional average in getting to stroke patients.
Back office and support staff at the region’s under-fire ambulance service have been told that their jobs are at risk under proposals to divert an extra £20m from its budget to front-line resources.
Solicitors for the family of a three-month-old baby who died earlier this year has claimed a report into the tragedy outlines a ‘catalogue of errors’ on behalf of the ambulance service as it transported her to hospital.
Patients living in the Cromer and King’s Lynn areas are more likely to get a quicker ambulance response in Norfolk under a plan by the region’s ambulance service to meet demand.
A clear out of senior board members at the region’s under-performing ambulance service was complete last night after it was confirmed that its director of emergency operations was set to leave.
A union has raised concerns about patient safety after it emerged that workers from a private ambulance firm were staying at a campsite between shifts.
One of the private ambulance firms used by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) has been criticised by a government health minister.
A new chief executive and board of directors at the region’s under-fire ambulance trust will be in place by the end of the autumn, its interim chairman said today.
Directors at the region’s ambulance service were urged to get their books in order after it emerged that the trust had spent £3.3m more on private ambulance cover in the first quarter of 2013/14 than was previously planned.
The region’s ambulance service was reported over more than 50 serious incidents last year where patients died or serious harm occurred because of failings of the NHS trust.
Calls were last night made for the region’s failing ambulance to be broken up to improve responses and services for patients.
The former chairman of NHS Norfolk will join the board of the region’s struggling ambulance service as it attempts to turnaround its performance.
A clearout of the leadership of the region’s struggling ambulance service continued today with directors resigning en masse.
Another director announced her resignation from the board of the region’s ambulance service this morning, becoming the second director to quit in two days.
A director at the region’s struggling ambulance service quit this morning.
Ambulance bosses should “examine their own consciences” in the wake of damning assessment of leadership at the service, health minister Anna Soubry said yesterday.
A radical overhaul of the leadership of the region’s struggling ambulance service is imminent after MPs took the unprecedented step of writing to board members and telling them to quit.
More than 300 front-line staff have signed a petition calling on the region’s under-performing ambulance service to stop putting lives at risk by sending cars to life-threatening emergencies.
The author of a damning report into the state of the East of England Ambulance Service has refused to rule out applying to be its next chief executive.
The boss of Britain’s best performing ambulance service has delivered a damning assessment of this region’s service.
Fears have been raised about the backdoor privatisation of the region’s ambulance service after it emerged one major contractor is underpinned by the billionaire shareholders of Aston Martin.
An MP has written to health chiefs to express her concerns about the death of a three-month-old baby.
Three directors have left the region’s under-fire ambulance service, bringing to six the number of board members who have quit the trust in recent months.
A health minister and a union have raised concerns with the region’s ambulance service over the appointment of a private sector chief to a top NHS role.
Ambulance chiefs have today been criticised for leaving hundreds of front-line posts empty – while failing to meet response targets and being repeatedly criticised for letting patients down.
A mother described how she tried to resuscitate her child as she waited for almost 30 minutes for paramedics to respond to a 999 call.
The chief executive of the region’s ambulance service today admitted that the deployment of 25 extra ambulances may not be enough as he presented plans to turnaround the fortunes of the ailing NHS trust.
A grandmother died after waiting for almost four hours for an ambulance in a delay caused by a series of failings within the trust.
Union officials and MPs last night welcomed a plan to recruit more than 350 new front-line staff to turnaround the performance of the region’s failing ambulance service.
The sun is slowly starting to rise and Norwich is beginning to stir for the start of another working week.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is having to cancel some operations as part of efforts to deal with a “significantly increased” demand for emergency care.
Reports of 12 ambulances being queued outside the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have been played down by the N&N’s chief executive.
The region’s ambulance service is overhauling its response to road accidents following the death of a veterinary nurse, whose chances of survival were slashed by the trust’s failures.
Health bosses will meet today to try to resolve “once and for all” delays at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, after patients were stuck in ambulances for almost four hours before accident and emergency staff could admit them.
The chairman of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust has resigned with immediate effect.