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Monday, December 16, 2013
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.
Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, who conducted a damning review into the leadership of the East of England Ambulance Service earlier this year, will take up his new post in the New Year, it was reported today.
Officials from Unison welcomed the news that the senior ambulance chief was set to join the ambulance trust from January 1. However, they expressed their concern that the role was set to be a job share.
Gary Applin, Unison branch secretary, said he hoped the appointment by the NHS Trust Development Authority would bring some much needed stability to the organisation.
“Whilst we welcome the appointment of a substantive leader for the trust, we are deeply concerned that Mr Marsh will continue to be the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Trust. The trust faces so many difficulties that we think it should be led by someone who can devote all their attention to sorting out the mess.”
“Despite this, as the union for staff in the trust we look forward to developing a positive relationship with Anthony for the benefit of our members and the public they serve,” he said.
Denise Burke of the Act on Ambulances campaign and prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, also welcomed the move, but raised concerns about the job share.
“I am pleased the trust have managed to recruit Anthony Marsh, someone who has significant expertise and has a track record in turning round failing ambulance trusts. However, I do question whether he can manage to do both jobs to the best of his ability. The East of England Ambulance Service Trust needs a lot of attention to turn round quickly, and he needs to prove he can do that while keeping his existing job.”
No official announcement about the recruitment has yet been made by the East of England Ambulance Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service or the NHS Trust Development Authority.