East of England ambulance trust spends £1m paying off top managers - then hires them all back

Our region's ambulance trust is under enormous pressure from patients and the government to hit emer

Our region's ambulance trust is under enormous pressure from patients and the government to hit emergency response times. - Credit: Archant

An MP has criticised the region's ambulance service for re-employing six managers after handing them almost £1m in redundancy payments.

A freedom of information request showed the East of England Ambulance Service Trust spent £922,984 in pay-offs, an average of more than £150,000 each.

Despite being laid-off as a part of a restructuring process to make about £10m in savings, they are again working back at the trust.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has today labelled the decision as 'completely unacceptable' and is calling for an explanation.

The former care minister said: 'The whole concept of re-employment after a vast payout is wrong and most people would regard it as improper.

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'This is public money and for individuals to profit in this way is unacceptable. It begs the question about what the trust is doing.'

It comes after an investigation by this newspapers revealed the trust spent about £6m on exit packages in the past two years.

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A spokesman for the trust said three of the former managers were now employed on its bank system as paramedics. Another was working as a patient transport service member of staff.

He said the roles were casual and the trust was 'not obliged' to provide work.

The two other positions have been employed through other companies - one to deliver job evaluation work and the other as a trainer.

'Vast restructure processes during 2014 and the early part of 2015 were made to invest more money into front line staffing,' the spokesman said. 'This included a combination of reducing the spend on agency and interim staff and restructuring of support services and leadership arrangements.'

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