Ambulance Watch: 999 chief paid almost £100,000 more than other ambulance CEOs

East of England Ambulance Trust CEO Anthony Marsh. Photo: Steve Adams East of England Ambulance Trust CEO Anthony Marsh. Photo: Steve Adams

Friday, August 8, 2014
9:38 AM

The boss of the region’s ambulance service has been urged to consider paying back some of his wage after it emerged that he was being paid almost £100,000 a year more than his contemporaries.

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Pros and cons

Pros:

• Anthony Marsh has recruited more than 350 student paramedics in the space of eight months.

• His appointment is only costing tax payers in the East of England £50,000 a year.

• Twenty-seven more double staffed ambulances are on the region’s roads, including extra resources at stations in Cromer, Fakenham, and Diss.

• Dozens of technicians and emergency care assistants getting extra medical training to become paramedics.

• The ambulance service has secured an extra £14m from Clinical Commissioning Groups this year.

Cons:

• EEAST is still not hitting key response times to the most urgent 999 calls.

• There are still higher than expected staff sickness rates.

• Questions over the appointment of a new assistant chief executive with no formal recruitment process.

• Negative headlines over the CEO’s salary.

• Questions over EEAST’s long-term financial stability.

Anthony Marsh, the CEO of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) and West Midlands Ambulance Service, has come under criticism over the last two weeks after it emerged that the senior ambulance executive was on a salary of more than £232,000.

Government officials last night said they would not tolerate a culture of excessive executive pay in the NHS. However, a spokesman from the Department of Health revealed that the department gave no guidelines to NHS trusts on the upper limits for CEO wages.

Dr Marsh, who conducted a damning review into the management of EEAST last year, was appointed as interim CEO of the beleaguered ambulance service in January where he pledged to put more paramedics on the front-line and increase double staffed ambulance numbers.

However, an MP branded the dual role as “unsustainable” last night after junior health minister Dan Poulter said the chief executive’s wage as “obscene.”

NHS bosses yesterday said that Dr Marsh had achieved a lot in his first eight months in charge of EEAST and was putting the trust on the right track after years of failings.

However, Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, said there were still questions that needed to be answered over the appointment. He added that there were already concerns about the West Midlands trust not hitting some response targets.

“I agree with the health minister that said it was too much money. It is highly irregular and there is a distinct lack of transparency and the arrangement does not work for anyone.”

“As a person looking at it from the outside, the arrangement looks completely unsustainable. Who gave the instruction to suspend the recruitment by open competition at the East of England and was it a result of ministerial pressure?”

How does Anthony Marsh’s salary compare?

• Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, earns £189,000 a year after he opted to take a 10pc pay cut when he started the job in April.

• Prime Minister David Cameron is on a salary of £142,000.

• The chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service was paid £125,000 to £130,000 in 2012/13.

• The boss of the North West Ambulance Service is on a salary of up to £150,000.

• North East Ambulance Service pays its chief executive between £130,000 and £135,000 a year.

• The CEO of the South Central Ambulance Service has a salary of between £140,000 and £145,000.

• The South East Coast Ambulance Service boss earns £160,000 to £165,000 a year.

• The salaries of the London Ambulance Service, South Western Ambulance Service, and East Midlands Ambulance Service CEOs were not available last night.

An EDP poll yesterday revealed that 72pc of respondents did not believe Dr Marsh’s salary was justified, even if he turns around the fortunes of the ambulance service, which covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

The average wage for an ambulance trust chief executive in England is £145,000.

Dr Marsh, who works around 70 hours a week in his two chief executive roles and is also chairman of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, earns £232,226 a year. He also gets added on benefits of a car allowance of £9,400 and a pension of £33,672.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, said he would be asking officials at EEAST about Dr Marsh’s salary.

“In this day and age large salaries are quite rightly scrutinised very closely. It would have been a decision made by the trusts themselves and I would ask them to explain the situation and how they reached that decision.”

“The trust was in the wrong direction under the previous management and unfortunately it will take a long time to put it right. Anthony Marsh is regarded highly by staff and I am aware of the good work he is doing,” he said.

Denise Burke, of the Act on Ambulances campaign and prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, added: “He [Anthony Marsh] is quite an assertive character and he will brush this off. He did not set the salary, but he could have refused it.”

“This is a trust that is supposed to be making savings, but I can not get my head around what those savings are. The CCGs are putting additional money in, but we are not seeing huge improvements quickly,” she said.

An NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) spokesman said Dr Marsh’s appointment was made in collaboration between the TDA and the East of England and West Midlands ambulance trusts.

They added that NHS trusts are responsible for administering the work-related expenses as well as travel and accommodation arrangements of their staff. The spokesman added that number of local MPs were aware and supportive of the plans to second Dr Marsh.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “It is right that senior managers are properly rewarded as long as they are accountable for their performance. However, we want executive staff to exercise greater pay restraint than staff working on the front line, and won’t tolerate a culture of excessive executive pay in the NHS. NHS organisations should always use taxpayers’ money responsibly.”

EEAST has so far made offers of employment to 352 of the 400 student paramedics it aims to hire by the end of March.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “Since his appointment, Dr Marsh has saved taxpayers approximately £8m of back office functions and management savings to help fund the recruitment of 400 new staff.

“The joint role does in fact save the tax payer approximately £130,000 on the cost of a having a substantive chief executive in each ambulance trust. It’s ludicrous to suggest the tax payer is getting poor value for money when taking everything into account - the organisation has turned a corner thanks to the actions Dr Marsh has put in place.”

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52 comments

  • Dr Marsh....IGNORE the jealous, idiotic whingers on here and keep up the good work. Take enormous heart from the 72% supporting you which is way above the pathetic 26% against you which believe me is very rare in this newspaper. GOOD LUCK!!

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • The public purse is under enormous pressure and both the police and fire services have been the victims of cost cutting to the extent that they are just about able to function. The UK ambulance services on the other hand have done relatively well and apart from poor management have seen manpower numbers either static or increased to try to meet increasing demand. Most front-line ambulance staff do their best for their patients, as do all the other NHS staff in other disciplines. Perhaps Instead of looking at one CEO of one service the government should be looking at the millions spent on ambulance management nationwide and determine if the way services are managed is effective or appropriate? Whilst NHS Ambulance Trusts appear on the surface to be a good idea in reality they are an unnecessary and wasteful bureaucracy. Rather than tinker with badly performing services the issue should be is are the UK Ambulance services effective as individual entities and is it necessary to have so much duplication of management for the 11 Ambulance services in England?

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    Bad Form

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Oh please do stop your pathetic jealous moaning.... The man is being paid to run two Trusts for heavens sakes. Am interested to know what the moaning muppets honestly believe is the going rate for such a job? £10k? £20K? Or anything so long as its not more than you???? Sad lot.....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • So Malc, you are happy to have Ashford whose unacceptable sexual behaviour towards a young teenage employee exposed by national newspaper yet was promoted to be your boss and Leaman in charge of you? Some of us women with ethics find Ashford's conduct repulsive, unacceptable and he should not be in a position of trust, least over ethical paramedics like you. All this is under auspices of Marsh. Savile raised millions for charity, did not excuse his behaviour. Marsh if ethical would have sacked Leaman and Ashford not overseen their promotions in my view.

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • 'Smurf' things are changing, it takes time to get student paramedics, but better that than non clinical band 3 staff, which the last CEO did. I used to wait hrs for backup from a DSA. There are still delays, but not as bad as last year. A lot of my patients were time critical and needed a DSA quickly, and it was a very stressful time. One of the first things to change when Anthony Marsh came back was to rebalance the car to DSA ratio. This means not chasing targets with cars that then sit and wait for DSAs. I don't normally get involved in all the politics, and from reading your comments and others on here, it's all a bit mind blowing how twisted and bitter some people are. We are an ambulance service and I'm glad we now have a decent CEO as well as a proactive union. I don't know frayer personally, but she is very well thought of by her peers, and got my vote as branch sec. Judging by the numbers of staff who have voted on here, the rantings of the few are far from the majority.

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    Malc

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Goodness how bullying are Dr Marsh's supporters becoming on here,, just as complained about by others including letter to TDA by previous EEAST charmer. Bit like Lord of the Flies. Let's deal with facts. EEAST paying £200k for 3 days a week Chief Executive excluding his Mercedes and stays in Champneys! Gets £50k pay rise, yet his salary in 2009 in WMAS published accounts was already £232k per year, making him on around £292k per annum, whilst cups of tea are axed! Service in EEAST declining month on month and getting worse, especially in North Norfolk and Silence of the Lamb is deafening. We face huge fine like WMAS suffered in May 2014 of £2.3m. We also are operating at huge loss. We have a proven corrupt Assistant Chief Executive in Leaman appointed personally by Marsh, with no recruitment process being followed, who Marsh admits on the BBC is personal friend is that not cronyism? Bad, but then we have photographs of Ashford newly appointed director, in national newspaper engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour towards teenage female employee, which Unison and EEAST silent on, especially Fraer Stevenson Women Officer, who espouses Marsh and Lamb on Twitter. Who knew about video, when and why is Ashford not suspended? We can't report him to HPC because unlike hard working non groping paramedics on the front line Ashford like Marsh chooses not to be registered. Is that to avoid external scrutiny? We also discover Interim Finance Diector leaves under a cloud and discover through BBC and Tom Watson MP issues around an arrest warrant, that Marsh said he had no knowledge of. If he lied shame on him, if he didn't know shame on him, both unacceptable. Finally, he himself admits on radio he works "too many hours". Solution simple 'time to say goodbye' and PS close the door quietly on the way out.

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • If u r insulting me I must be right .....and you are well named ....it is timetosaygoodbye so cheerio!!

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • I hope it is your ambulance Malc because I have no doubt that you will be professional and look after me very well, thats what Paramedics do regardless of what is going on around them. As has been quoted before, they are lions led by donkeys, and that hasnt changed. We all know that it will take time to turnaround a failing Trust, but if Anthony Marsh is the great saviour of all he surveys, why is it that having been in post for over 7 months, a huge investment in money, staff and vehicles, Paramedics are still working just as hard, missing meals, finishing late and performance has gone backwards in both Trusts, not even a small sign of the green shoots of recovery. Maybe he's losing his touch from those good old Essex days when everything was perfect.

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    Smurf

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Will you say the same and give your full support when he starts on faze two.. The biggest cost is front line staff wages. Best you think about what happening behind the scene. It's all smoke and mirrors.. Ask west midd's paramedics...don't sit and be so blinded, Will you work like my friend for time owing as these no money for overtime ? But the work needs doing, And not able to take time back when you ask for time off to suit you... All take and no give. It's all going to head for the big crash and burn... But as he said 200 ambulances and 400 SAP's And everything's ok... If you are blind. Change is good if constructive and supported by the many not just the few. Just heard he's got another mate working both Trust's a Steven wheaten ? is he having a double wage too. Didn't see that in the EDP.

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    DAVE !

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Goodness me. What a lot of angry hateful comments about someone trying to save an Ambulance service. Smurf, timetosaygoodbye, I hope you never have to call an ambulance but if you do, I hope its not mine!! Keep up the good work Anthony Marsh. Your frontline staff are counting on you!

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    Malc

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Welcome back Anthony Marsh! I'm glad youve come back. Ambulance staff are some of the best people on this planet, and if you continue to support us, we'll continue to support you - ignore the bitterness and anger. As for the union, Unison reps are elected by the staff, from the staff. Without the reps tireless campaigning over the last few yrs, we would still be 'under' the last lot, so power to the peeps Unison. You get my vote :)

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    Umbongo

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Jeffs right, the staff are the service, so it's worth remembering that Anthony Marsh has not recruited one single student Paramedic to the front line, nor has he put one single new ambulance on the road - his staff have done that for him, up until the point he kicked them in the teeth and sent them off to become a burden to the tax payer. He will appease staff on the front line because he needs them to make him look good and he will appease the union because he needs them on side, they will in turn cosy up to him because they don't want to lose their fulltime release arrangements, but if he could replace them all with robots or monkeys he would sack every single one of them tomorrow without a moments hesitation.

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    Smurf

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • EEAST pay £200k per annum, plus expense. Not £50k you really need to go back to school, learn to read and do your maths. £200k is not £50k hate to have to live with your budgetary skills Sportwagon. And the disgusting behaviour toward a young girl is also ok in your warped world?

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • As I said hysterical mudslinging......Dr Marsh's cost to East Anglia is £50k however you dress it up and interpret salary stats to suit your warped view. Keep heart Dr Marsh and even more power to your elbow dealing with these morons.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Dr Marsh was chief in Essex when I worked there and he'll rise above all this saber rattling and sort out things for his staff. The staff are the service so ignore the rants Dr Marsh, you have a lot of support and I know you will win through in the end.

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    Jeff

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Sportswagon explain WMAS accounts 2009 in which Marsh's salary was £210k plus £22.3k benefits in kind making £232k per annum salary package without pension. He received a £50k 'additional responsibility" reward for taking on two trusts making a salary package of £282k per year. Why is he the only executive in the accounts who receives bonuses for performance separate to salary? EEAST pay £16,598 per month or £200k a year representing 60% of costs with WMAS paying the additional 40% which excludes his jolly jaunts in a Mercedes to "read and reply to emails" and stays in Champneys. 60% of £232k is not £200k per year, 60% of £332k is £200k a year. We also discover Rob Ashford and Paul Leaman followed Marsh over to the WMAS. Close friend indeed given he admitted Leaman was a friend on the BBC. We also learn of an arrest warrant on BBC from Tom Watson MP issued in March 2014, for senior executive, which Marsh denied he knew about. As for images in newspaper, Fraer Stevenson is Unison's Women Officer, I am woman she has a duty to speak out on sexual harassment by senior managers. She espoused the virtue of Lamb who espoused Marsh. Both their silence speaks volume IMO. Hysterical my eye, just can see the writing on the wall and the truth will come out. Media knows blood. Finally please check latest EEAST statistics to see services has got even worse particularly in North Norfolk!

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Great to see the vile innuendo and hysterical, jealous outbursts on here are adding to those supporting Dr Marsh .......perhaps decency will win through afterall.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Keep up the good work Mr Marsh. Reading some of these comments makes me think you have more than just a lack of paramedics to deal with.

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    Marc

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • And can I ask where Fraer Stevenson Women's officer for Unison is on this behaviour by Ashford towards a teenage girl? Where;s you calls to sack him. You and your favourite MP Norman Lamb are awfully silent on Marsh and his alleged friends given jobs on my hard paid taxes. I do not want to fund a man that sexually grope women knowing he is being filmed - it's outrageous.

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Wonder if poll would be the same following article in the Sun today , exposing Rob Ashford, Director, another alleged friend of Marsh, and his disgusting sexualised behaviour towards a teenage girl employee. He should be sacked immediately as women employees and patients have the right to be safeguarded from the likes of Ashford. When was this video made, who took it, who knew about it and when? Makes Leaman's conduct look tame IMO. And who said we were safe after Savile in the NHS?

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • So with the full support of Marsh, Paul Leaman is put in charge of making redundant dozens of decent, hardworking Managers and support staff, some with over 30 years experience, that have supported the Trust through thick and thin and have not been the subject of a disciplinary for gross misconduct during their careers - disgraceful.

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    Smurf

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Interesting that the poll supports Dr Marsh albeit with a small majority so take heart my man and do the job and ignore the usual jealous rantings this website always attracts.

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    Sportswagon

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • But let's hear it again" 200 ambulances and 400 SAP's " again and again. It's called a holding statement ... Change the statement ... Start answering the questions being asked. Unison stop sitting with MP's they only kiss ass when they want to be seen in public eye. Don't think for one min that they care about the ambulance service or any other..

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    DAVE !

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • "Counts' you not Fraer are you or friends with her?

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Don't worry about it, EEAST won't be running the ambulance service in Norfolk in the future. ERS (ultimately owned by US company Stericycle) ambulances, including emergency ambulances now a common site at the N&N. Norman knows about and is complicit in the privatisation of the NHS.

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    Sugarbeet

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Oh dear counts! Is that the Norman lamb who is a health minister who voted to cut the ambulance service? Perhaps the unions are not as bright as they used to be if you think he's a friend of public services! Tom Watson is a midlands MP with concerns about his own constituents hence why he's only just come up in this story since marsh was employed. He is well respected having unveiled the Murdoch hacking revelations and the paedophile rings connected to Downing Street.

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    Double Bill

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Norman Lamb came to visit us on station and helped us fight to keep our ambulance cover in North Norfolk. Without his help and unisons support, things would be much worse. I'm glad the past x2 chiefs are gone. They did nothing for us and didn't listen to us. Let's hope the new chief does listen. Time will tell. Tom Watson? Never heard of him. Norman Lamb, we all know and he has respect from my colleagues in East of England.

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    Counts

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Perhaps Jerbake Tom Watson not too happy with £2.3m fine WMAS has just paid for failing service? You seem to ignore EEAST also facing huge fine in October for its deteriorating service. And Silence of the Lamb is deafening did he know of Leaman's past and appointment if not Norman why not? Did he know of the true cost of failing service if not why not? What political inference referred to by previous Chair emanated from Lamb? What is Lamb's relationship with Unison whose branch Secretary Fraer Stevenson tweeted and bemoaned about "Essex Mafia" whom Leaman appeared to be one of them. She certainly seems to praise an awful lot on her tweets.

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Jeffery - I'm not sure where you've been over the past few years. There was a huge campaign carried out by local MPs and frontline staff on the facts - The long term recruitment freeze of frontline staff, increases in management layers and chasing targets with cars, while Ambulances were needed. As the result of that campaign (supported by the EDPs Ambulance watch) the execs and non execs have resignedleftwere removed. Andrew Morgan 'improved' the service by recruiting hundreds of non clinical band 3 staff, which put a lot more pressure on Paramedics, and weakened the skill mix further. Anthony Marsh is changing that by upskilling ECAs and recruiting 400 student paramedics, of which over 300 have had contracts offered. Andrew Morgan could have done that, he could have done a lot of things, but didn't. Andrew Morgan was given a report that was commissioned by Anthony Marsh into the problems, which he chose to ignore the issues identified in that report - including the bullying culture in management. Anthony Marsh is addressing the issues, reducing layers of management. It's not spin, it's simply the facts. I would imagine any credible MP is looking at those facts and not hotel bills for £75 a night. If a regular CEO could have turned us round - then why didn't Andrew Morgan, or the CEO before him, Hayden Newton? Chocolate tea pots that's why...

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    Jerbake

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • So you've attacked the former chief for having two years to turn things around and not managing it but you praise a man who says he needs over two years to turn things around. Marsh so far has not made improvements, it's all spin and what he has done is picked up the actions Morgan put in place. Tom Watson has got more out in public about the Trust in two weeks than our local MPs have in two years. Now where is that Norman Lamb and why has he disappeared after spending days before all this praising him?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Jeffrey - the difference is Andrew Morgan was given the information he needed to turn things around, and made things worse. He was not up to the job and was given a year to show improvements, which he failed to do. Anthony Marsh is needed in EEAST to undo the work of the last 2 CEOs that were as much use as a pair of chocolate teapots. Tom Watson started his 'attack' by tweeting over a £75 hotel bill and not about the actual issues that Anthony Marsh is tackling.

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    Jerbake

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Jerbake - He said he was already taking it to the Public Accounts Committee. But there has to be public interest to do it. What is the difference between Norman Lamb criticising Andrew Morgan in the past on these pages and Tom Watson with Marsh?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • This is daft. Of course, he brings enormous experience to the job, but what he's done so far is what anyone would have done because it's been the obvious set of things to do to start sorting out the EEAS. The Trust should have hired its own full time Chief Exec on the average going rate.

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    Jack1956

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • £81 return from Birmingham to Norwich

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    Stan

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Jeffrey Osborne - if Tom Watsons a credible MP, with genuine worries about his constituency, maybe he needs to contact Anthony Marsh to ask him directly about his concerns for west mids? Or he could just speak to the tabloids, tweet about hotel expenses, for £75 a night, when his own expenses are far in excess of that. Judge a man by what he does, not what he says. Anthony Marsh will determine his own fate by what he does to improve things for patients in EEAST.

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    Jerbake

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • While he operates in the West Midlands he usually has a Paramedic drive for him, one that could quite easily be used on the road do his job properly.

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    Stan

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I find it odd that Anthony Marsh is formally known as "Dr Marsh". His doctorate is an honorary one, conferred by the University of Wolverhampton. It is misleading that he should use an honorary title, certainly not backed up by years of formal study, in his employment in the NHS.

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    point du jour

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • If his job is so important. What happens when he is at the other area and vice versa. And name the people who agreed to this. Shees!!!

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    sharky

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Agreed Jeffrey where is Norman Lamb and deafening silence from Unison as usual and how does he explain employing Leaman again after his sacking - this is beginning to smell the more details that come out.

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    citizen

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • " These arrangements are only interim" ?????

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    samphirelover

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Jerbake - Tom is a West Midlands MP. He has concerns about why Mr Marsh cannot attend meetings in his constituency to explain why the service is having issues there.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just heard him on the radio. Says the alleged £400 a week chauffeur lift from Midlands to East Anglia is so he can answer emails. Why isn't his secretary answering them? He says he doesn't know what alternatives exist on public transport and couldn't drive himself. He has an assistant chief executive who was his 'friend' from before the job, and who isn't really an assistant chief executive. And his role is only temporary. This is all very baffling and such a distraction.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • How much does a turn around team cost? Or a Public enquiry? I say give Anthony Marsh a chance. To undo all the years of incompetence it's going to take someone with his experience, and as he wrote the governance review last year, he's the ideal person to tackle the issues. The timing of all this negative media makes my eyebrows raise. Restructuring and changes to management, tackling the bullying culture noted in the governance review and the CQC report is going to leave some people very angry and without a job. Sounds a like they're trying some pay back to me. Shame on the EDP for jumping on the tabloid bandwagon. More ambulances, more student paramedics, maybe Tom Watson would like him to throw in a limb or too as well? Or is it just about getting his name in the press on the run up to a general election?! Where was Tom Watson when staff were campaigning about the patients waiting hrs for an ambulance over the last few yrs?? Staying in a hotel on tax payers money, that's where... Check out his public expenses before taking him seriously!!

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    Jerbake

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Where is Norman Lamb? He's never shyed away from commenting on these stories before.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Didn't take long for Marsh's sycophants to accuse legitimate reporting as witch hunt. Marsh is not costing East of England £5Ok a year, East of England has confirmed we pay him without his expenses £200k a year of £16,598 per month. This excludes what he gets from West Midlands and represents 60% of the total cost, meaning he's costing both Trusts £332k a year plus his chauffeur driven "taxi" whilst his range rover we also pay sits and gathers dust and his stays in hotels. If people checked their facts they would have learnt 18 months ago Marsh was on a salary band of up to £240k a year paid by WMAS. With a £50k uplift that makes him on up to £290k. And don't get me started on his friend Leaman, our Assistant Chief Executive and his professional conduct.

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    Timetosaygoodbye

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Dr Marsh (West Midlands Ambulance Service) were fined £3 millions for failing to meet their targets and lands the post to help EEAS meet theirs. Recruiting 400 new paramedic students does not mean 400 new paramedics as students do fail the course and others move to different trusts, the posting of a chief who is failing to another that is failing sticks of jobs for the boys and so does the pay when he refused the road staff at WMAS their 1%.

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    Stan

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • As if £230,000 isn't bad enough, they then give him an extra £9,000 for a car. Surely he can afford that himself!

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    lpeek

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Those were part of Andrew Morgan's turnaround plan. Now is it true that the board wanted Andrew Morgan to stay on but MPs pushed for someone else?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • He bought some news ambulances and employed more staff. I could have done that!! Why were funds suddenly available for these purchases. Needs closer investigation..

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    MIKEJ

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • No wonder the NHS is in a mess. How many other so called executives are getting far too much money for what they achieve.

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    MIKEJ

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Its a lot of money, but if he did not get the money in the NHS he would earn a lot more money with other business, also he is running two trusts so actually saving money compared to what they normally pay a ceo of each trust. He has turned the trust around making massive improvements in less than a year after years of paying someone to ruin it if we don't pay the people we need the right money they will go else where costing us more in the long run.

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    SIRWolfe

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Talk about a witch hunt....the EDP is a disgrace. This guy is only costing us £50k pa, cheap by any comparison, to turn round an abysmally failing organisation. When will the jealous public understand that you get what you pay for. The Americans and Japanese realised this decades ago and as a result are top nations.

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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Norfolk Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Five-day forecast

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