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.

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Anthony Marsh, who is also CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, has pledged a spring clean at the region’s ambulance service.

The NHS trust will be replacing 120 old and broken ambulances with brand new ones by the end of April.

Officials said ambulance stations across Norfolk will benefit from 21 replacement ambulances.

The trust is also replacing 68 of its rapid response cars with brand new Skoda Scouts, a process it expects to complete by June.

Dr Marsh, who visited Cromer and King’s Lynn ambulance stations this week, said the trust was adding an extra 27 ambulances on to its fleet.

“Right now we need to concentrate on a few priorities. For me that means getting more paramedics on the road treating patients and replacing our old ambulances.”

“With more staff and more ambulances there is no question that we can, and will, be able to provide a better quality service to our patients – which is the reason we’re here,” he said.

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