Ambulance Watch: West Midlands ambulance chief set to become new boss of region’s 999 service

Anthony Marsh, who has been confirmed at the new chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service.

Anthony Marsh, who has been confirmed at the new chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service. - Credit: Archant

The ambulance chief, who conducted a damning review into the leadership of the East of England Ambulance Service, is set to become the 999 trust's new chief executive, the EDP understands.

Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, who was parachuted into the region's ambulance service earlier this year, is set to be installed as the head of the East of England service this week.

The EDP has been told that the senior NHS leader will retain his job as CEO of one of the best performing ambulance services in the country as well as help turnaround the fortunes of the East of England Ambulance Service - the worst performing.

The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) is set to announce the appointment of Mr Marsh this week, who is also set to bring in his own team of executives.

Mr Marsh would be made responsible for overseeing an ambulance service that is called out to Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire as well as the West Midlands patch, which covers Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire.

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The former head of the Essex Ambulance Service was brought in by the government in March to review the region's ambulance service and help address slow response times.

His report, which said that the trust board had developed a sense of 'helplessness' and there was a lack of 'cohesive' plan for it to meet its targets, led to a flurry of non-executive director resignations. Six new non-executive directors have since joined the trust - Peter Kara, Valerie Morton, Dean Parker, Sheila Childerhouse, Andrew Egerton-Smith, and Judith Lancaster.

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Andrew Morgan, the former chief executive of Norfolk NHS, has been interim chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service since last December following the resignation of Hayden Newton.

The ambulance trust announced in September that it had postponed its recruitment of a new chief executive because none of the candidates were successful.

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