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East Anglian MPs to grill ambulance bosses in Westminster

PUBLISHED: 13:45 05 November 2012 | UPDATED: 09:11 06 November 2012

East of England Ambulance Service.

East of England Ambulance Service.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2009

East Anglian MPs are due to meet with the bosses of the region’s ambulance service today.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey is among the MPs from Suffolk and Norfolk who will meet the chairman and deputy chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service at Westminster.

Many East Anglian MPs have spoken out about the inconsistent and often poor level of service received by their constituents

and Dr Coffey said she is appalled that targets are consistently being missed and there are delays in resolving complaints.

She said: “This is a crunch meeting with the chairman, Maria Ball, to understand what she and the board are doing to get a grip of performance. It is the board that holds the service to account and I think their eye is off the ball when it comes to Suffolk. The key is to get to the bottom of why targets are being missed under the current leadership when similar parts of the country are hitting them.

“I am pleased that MPs from Suffolk and across East Anglia are also attending so that Mrs Ball will recognise the seriousness of the problems faced.”

She added: “I am disappointed that the chief executive, Hayden Newton, is now sending his deputy after originally agreeing to the meeting, which has taken a long time to come to fruition. I recognise that he has now announced his retirement but he is still in charge and accountable for the service until he leaves.”

For more on the outcome of the meeting, check back here later and see tomorrow’s paper.

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