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Ambulance boss dismisses control room merger suggestion

PUBLISHED: 21:37 11 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:37 11 April 2014

Anthony Marsh, CEO of the East of England Ambulance Service.

Anthony Marsh, CEO of the East of England Ambulance Service.

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The chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service has denied that his organisation is part of plans to merge control rooms with other emergency services in Suffolk.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, has suggested that all of the county’s 999 operators should work together in one central control room. It comes after a business case was put forward for Norfolk and Suffolk police control rooms to be merged in Wymondham.

However, Anthony Marsh, CEO of the ambulance service, said: “The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust already has very good control room arrangements in place that serve local communities well. Our staff work very hard to provide high quality services and advice to callers whilst an ambulance is on its way.”

“The work of ambulance control staff is closely connected to many parts of the wider NHS, such as acute hospitals, and we are not part of any discussions about a single joint emergency control room in Suffolk.”

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