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MP: “East of England Ambulance Service is Turning Itself Around, But Still A Long Way To Go”

News / Wed 11th Mar 2015 at 01:12pm

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon, has today met with the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service, Dr Anthony Marsh, and Sarah Boulton, Chair of the Trust, to get an update on the Service, and to continue to push for improvements.

When Dr Marsh took over a year ago, the East of England Ambulance Trust was the worst performing Ambulance Trust in the country. However, during today’s meeting, Robert heard how the Trust has made a number of improvements over the past year. This includes hiring 400 new student paramedics; delivering 244 new ambulances so that by the end of April, no frontline emergency vehicle will be more than 5 years old; and upskilling 60 Emergency Care Assistants to being Emergency Medical Technicians, and 40 Emergency Medical Technicians to become Paramedics.

Dr Marsh also told Robert of some of the problems that the Service is facing. Activity is up 6.5% since this time last year, and there has been a disproportionate increase in the number of life threatening ‘Red’ calls. A particular problem at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow was delays handing patients over to A&E. Robert assured the Chief Executive that this was an issue that he has previously, and will continue to raise with management at the PAH.

After the meeting, Robert commented: “It was good to meet with the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust to discuss the improvements that have been made over the past year. Although there is still a long way to go, I am confident that positive changes are being made, and that the Trust is turning itself around. I will continue to push the government for extra resources for the Trust, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital”.

Robert regularly meets with the East of England Ambulance Service and has previously raised his concerns with the Trust before, for example during a House of Commons Debate.

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