Ambulance Watch: Concern over 999 part time chief executive plan

Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Monday, December 16, 2013
3:22 PM

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.

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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.

4 comments

  • Anthony Marsh may well be the best man for this position but it should not be down-graded to a part time one. It is too important not to have the full-time attention of it's head.

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    Dictate

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • No matter how good or bad this man is , it does not alter the core problem. Not enough beds and staff at the hospital. The cause of the problem lies with government cut backs.Until this is fixed ,not under Cameron and co.,the problem will remain. The Ambulance service will still get the blame for not meeting " target figures ". Totally unjust.

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    norman hall

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • When he made his report, I thought that a key issue was leadership? However good he is, is part time the answer? Given the problems that have been encountered, does he have the right support from existing staff or will we be seeing more appointments? Quite a few questions to be answered. On a slightly different subject, I trust the soon to be outgoing chief executive will not be paid anything for leaving bearing in mind the mind blowing money he has already received in the last year - it was already far too much.

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    andy

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • The service in its current form is unwieldy and still too top heavy with managers of all grades. The staff, despite assertions by Mr Morgan to the contrary, remain as demoralised as they were under the previous regime. A part time CEO can never hope to inspire a demoralised workforce with yet more changes to both working patterns combined with more potential management changes. Whilst one can only hope that the service that people in the East of England need and deserve is improved by the arrival of Mr Marsh I remain unconvinced.

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