May 19 2013 Latest news:
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.