East Of England Ambulance Service Chief Steps Down

An ambulance chief who was appointed to run two trusts at the same time has stood down from one of his roles.

Anthony Marsh had headed both the East of England and West Midlands ambulance services since January last year.

But the appointment to the eastern trust in addition to his existing job attracted criticism with MPs questioning his ``obscenely high'' salary for only doing ``half-a-job''.

Dr Marsh had already announced plans to leave the East of England Ambulance Trust but today it was confirmed he had left without a replacement being appointed.

A spokesman for the trust said: ``The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is in the process of recruiting a new chief executive.

``The final interviews have been completed and the trust is in the process of agreeing final terms and arrangements for an appointment.

``We will make an announcement when this appointment can be confirmed, but the trust is aiming to have the new CEO in post in August.''

Deputy chief executive Sandy Brown had temporarily taken charge.

Dr Marsh will continue to lead the West Midlands Trust.

Former Health Minister and Suffolk MP Dan Poulter is among those who had criticised Dr Marsh's appointment, saying his salary of £232,000 was too high.

Conservative MP Henry Bellingham also questioned the decision, saying: ``What East of England Ambulance Service needs is a full-time, dedicated chief executive to move the service forward.''

In August last year the East of England trust was fined £1.2m over missed targets and it has faced criticism over a series of delays.

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