July 24 2014 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.
Officials from the region’s under-performing ambulance trust have defended a decision that resulted in its chief executive being paid more than £200,000 a year.
The chief executive of the region’s ambulance said he was confident that the under-performing organisation would start to hit key response targets by the end of the year as it nears a recruitment goal.
A health minister said he believed the region’s under-performing ambulance service was on the right track to improvement following a visit to the Norwich control room.
The first wave of new student paramedics at the East of England Ambulance Service are set to hit the front-line this week.
The GP-led groups in charge of NHS purse strings are set to approve an almost £15m injection of funds to the region’s ambulance service to help turnaround its performance.
Officials from the region’s under-performing ambulance service have ruled out a foreign recruitment campaign after it emerged that there were almost 200 vacancies for qualified paramedics across the East.
Patients living in East Anglia will begin to benefit from an ambulance recruitment drive from as early as June after the first of 400 student paramedics started their training.
Health chiefs have warned that they may never eradicate ambulance delays at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, despite a big reduction in patient handover times.
The chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service said performance was beginning to improve, despite a spike in the number of serious incidents last month.
The region’s ambulance service has received a fresh blow after losing the contract for a non-emergency transport service in Norfolk.
The under-performing East of England Ambulance Service has its third different chairman in the space of a year following the appointment of a former strategic health authority chairman.
The first tranche of new student paramedics in the east will start their training in Norwich next month.
A woman has described the “chaos” surrounding her daughter’s death after an ambulance was sent to the wrong address as the schoolgirl suffered an asthma attack in Cambridgeshire.
The new chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service has vowed to put a new fleet of vehicles on the roads by the end of April.
The EDP is celebrating today after being named Daily Newspaper of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The new head of the region’s ambulance service has pledged to reduce the number of medics on secondments after it emerged that 8pc of its qualified paramedics were not performing front-line duties.
The new boss of the East of England Ambulance Service has pledged to put extra ambulances in north Norfolk and south Norfolk in a bid to improve response times.
Bosses at the region’s under-staffed ambulance service have pledged to review their recruitment policy after spending more than £100,000 on “golden hello” payments to new front-line staff last year.
The former chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service has refused to rule out taking a six-figure redundancy pay-out after his work with the troubled NHS trust ended.
The EDP’s fight for a first-class ambulance service in East Anglia has resulted in the newspaper scooping a national award.
The East of England Ambulance Service has made significant improvements, but is still failing patients, according to a new inspection by the health watchdog.
The search has begun for the East of England Ambulance Service’s third chairman in the space of a year following the resignation of Geoffrey Harris.
Ambulance bosses say they are stunned after more than 1,200 people applied to join a new student paramedic programme in just one week.
The region’s under performing ambulance service has launched a recruitment drive to hire hundreds of new student paramedics.
The scale of the challenge facing the region’s new ambulance chief has been laid bare after it emerged that thousands of Norfolk and Suffolk patients waited more than an hour for an ambulance to turn up over the last two years.
Medical support staff with as little as six weeks’ training responded to more than 18,000 emergency 999 calls last year instead of qualified paramedics.
As David Cameron prepares to visit the region, we look at eight ofthe key issues we are facing.
The region’s beleaguered ambulance service has been accused of distorting response time statistics after it emerged that the NHS trust used volunteer first aiders to stop the clock on thousands of 999 calls.
The region’s under-pressure ambulance service has been dealt a blow after having funding withheld for failing to meet response time targets.
Ambulance service failings may have contributed to almost 60 deaths in the region in the last three-and-a-half years, according to new figures.
The parents of a popular 26-year-old man who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage have spoken of their disgust at having to wait two hours for an ambulance.
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The new chief executive of the region’s ambulance service described the trust’s recruitment plan as “wholly inadequate” as he pledged to make the hiring of more paramedics his top priority.
Unions have given a “cautious” welcome to the news that a new chief executive is set to join the region’s under-fire ambulance service.
The ambulance chief, who conducted a damning review into the leadership of the East of England Ambulance Service, is set to become the 999 trust’s new chief executive, the EDP understands.
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.
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.