May 19 2013 Latest news:
By Adam Gretton, Health correspondent
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The interim chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service is set to stay at the helm for at least the next six months, local MPs were told today.
Nine East Anglian MPs met with bosses of the under-fire NHS trust today in Westminster to quiz its chairman, deputy chairman, chief executive, and operations director over ongoing performance issues and slow response times.
MPs said they were pleased to hear that former NHS Norfolk head Andrew Morgan was set to continue his work within the ambulance trust as interim chief executive for at least the next six months.
However, they called on the board to reflect on their roles ahead of the publication of a Care Quality Commission report, due next week, following an unannounced inspection of the East of England Ambulance Service.
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, who chaired today’s meeting, said it was good news that the trust was working with other ambulance services to improve after it emerged that Anthony Marsh, the CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, had been parachuted in to carry out an independent review.
“I welcome the decision made to bring in Anthony Marsh and learning from other areas, though I wonder why this hasn’t happened before. The new chief executive is working hard to restore morale of front-line staff and add more ambulances. I am glad the board are supporting this.”
“Members of the board need to reflect on their own accountability for where we are after what has happened in the last few years. A sense of urgency with clear timelines are still needed. A culture of hitting regional targets but not focusing on each county feels like hitting the target and missing the point,” she said.
See Friday’s EDP for more.
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