East: More Ambulance Service Board Members Quit

28 June 2013, 10:36 | Updated: 28 June 2013, 10:40

More board members at the East of England Ambulance Service have resigned.

They say they're stepping down to make sure there's a focus on patients and the care they're given - and not their jobs.

Some of our MPs had been calling on them to resign after critical reports on how the service has been performing.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust told Heart they "received resignations from Margaret Stockham, Paul Remington, Anne Osborn, and Phil Barlow with immediate effect."

Dr Geoff Harris, new Chair of the Trust, said: “This is a line in the sand for the Trust and I thank the Non-Executive Directors for their collective action. We must maintain our focus on continuing to drive up the service to patients whilst I focus on putting a new Board in place.”

He continued: “In my short time in post I have been very impressed with the staff and volunteers I have met in the Trust - our staff do a fantastic job every day.  My job is to ensure we now move forward, appoint new Non Executive Directors and deliver the best possible service to patients.”

The Trust will be securing some interim non executive support to ensure the Board can continue to operate. In the meantime the recruitment process for new Board members has started and two of these posts are already being advertised.

Dr Harris added: “At the Trust’s Board meeting this week, we heard of some encouraging early signs of improvements including better response times and reduced sickness absence rates.  However, turning round the organisation will take time and we need to deliver further and sustained service improvements to make this a high performing ambulance Trust.”