December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A clear out of senior board members at the region’s under-performing ambulance service was complete last night after it was confirmed that its director of emergency operations was set to leave.
Union officials hailed the “clean slate” signalled by the East of England Ambulance Service after officials from the NHS trust said they were streamlining the number of executives on the board from six to four.
Under the reorganisation, Neil Storey, director of emergency operations, will leave the service, it was announced yesterday.
The news follows a vote of no confidence in Mr Storey by members of the union Unison last month after all of the ambulance trust’s five non-executive directors resigned.
In an email to staff yesterday, Andrew Morgan, interim chief executive, said the board had agreed to having less executives, which would free up more money for funding more double staffed ambulances (DSA).
The board will be reduced from six directors to four and the trust will employ a part-time medical director. All the new positions will be advertised when a permanent chief executive is recruited in September.
Mr Morgan said: “The trust is going through a period of significant changes as we focus on the turnaround of our services and the health of the organisation.”
“I can confirm that Neil Storey, our current director of emergency operations, will be leaving the trust in the near future. Neil has been with the trust for 14 years and has been reviewing his future career options for some time now; he is taking the opportunity of these new director posts being created to move on to pastures new outside of the trust.”
Since the launch of the EDP’s Ambulance Watch campaign last October, the East of England Ambulance Service’s chief executive, Hayden Newton, and chairman, Maria Ball, have left.
Vice chairman Paul Remington and fellow non-executive directors Margaret Stockham, Phil Barlow, Anne Osborn and Caroline Bailes resigned in June following a damning report by Anthony Marsh, chief executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, into the trust’s leadership.
The service currently has an interim medical director, interim director of clinical quality, and interim director of finance as well as a interim chairman and chief executive. The sole survivor on the board is non-voting member Adrian Matthews, director of strategy and business development, whose position will be phased out under the restructure.
Sheila Childerhouse and Frances Pennell-Buck have been brought in as interim non-executive directors.
Tim Roberts, regional organiser for Unison, welcomed the news that Mr Story was leaving.
“Our view has been for several weeks now that there needs to be changes at the very top of the organisation and the management needed to be streamlined and any individual part of the leadership team that put the organisation in this mess should consider their positions.”
“The trust is the worst performing ambulance trust in England, but it has good staff working for it and good resources and some quality managers as well. With a clean slate and a fresh leadership team, we are working positively with the chief executive to ensure the turnaround plan is implemented,” he said.
The trust is looking to redirect £20m of existing resources into to front-line ambulance services.