East: Another Ambulance Service Board Member Quits

27 June 2013, 12:17 | Updated: 27 June 2013, 12:22

A second board member of the East of England Ambulance Service has stepped down.

Five Non-Executive Directors have been under pressure from the region's MPs to quit, following a Parliamentary debate on Tuesday.

The trust has faced months of criticism following poor response times.

It has also been accused of failing to listen to staff.

Yesterday one of the board members resigned and today another has announced her plans to step down on Twitter:

Margaret Stockham tweeted: "The news is out ... Have stepped down from NED of EEAST. Sorry to leave but wish the Board and their great staff all the best for the future"

In a statement yesterday, The East of England Ambulance Service confirmed the first resignation of Caroline Bailes: "At today's public board meeting of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, new Chair Doctor Geoff Harris announced that he had received and accepted the resignation of Caroline Bailes.

Caroline, who has been a Non-Executive Director of the Trust since 2006, was due to step down from her role at the end of July when her term of office finished.

She is leaving to enable her to focus more of her time on work matters away from the ambulance service."