Ambulance Watch: Suffolk MP meets ambulance chiefs

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey. - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk MP said some of her concerns over the East of England Ambulance Service had been eased following a meeting with its chairman and chief executive.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey met with interim chief executive Andrew Morgan and chairman Maria Ball in Parliament today to discuss the performance of the ambulance trust.

MPs in Norfolk and Suffolk have raised concerns about rural response times, hospital handover delays, demand for ambulances and staffing levels in recent months. The ambulance trust is failing to hit response targets and a Care Quality Commission report following an unannounced inspection is set to be published soon.

Dr Coffey said: 'It was a useful meeting. I still have real concerns about the performance of the trust in particular the rural response rates in Suffolk. The chairman and chief executive are implementing a new staffing structure with local managers to have greater autonomy in Suffolk and Norfolk. I welcome that change. '

The chairman and the chief executive will be in parliament again next week to answer questions from East Anglian MPs.

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