Failing ambulance service appoints troubleshooter as chief executive

Echo: Failing ambulance service appoints troubleshooter as chief executive Failing ambulance service appoints troubleshooter as chief executive

A FAILING ambulance service has appointed a new chief executive.

Anthony Marsh, who conducted a scathing review of the trust earlier this year, will take up the role with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, from January 1, 2014.

During the review, in March, he said patients were being left waiting for ambulances for too long.

Mr Marsh is already chief executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

He will combine both roles and is expected to work at least four days a week at the East of England Ambulance Service, which covers six counties, including Essex.

Mr Marsh said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to work with the staff in the East of England Ambulance Service. “During my review I met many of the ambulance crews, control room staff as well as those who work in the support functions.

“The overwhelming message I got from them was wanting to make the service better for patients.

“I am absolutely determined to work with the staff to continue the improvements that have been started and take them to the next level.”

He added: “During my 26-year ambulance service career, I have worked in many ambulance services around the country and together with the review that I undertook, I know many of the issues that we face going forward.

“Whilst it will not be easy, I have every confidence that with the support of the staff, we can really make a difference to the care that we provide to patients.”

Dr Geoffrey Harris OBE, trust chairman, said: “This is an important step forward for the trust as we focus on transforming the ambulance service.

“I am pleased that we have been able to bring in such an experienced chief executive.

“Transforming our ambulance service is going to take time, but we have made a start.”

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10:02am Tue 17 Dec 13

cavillas says...

How can he possibly control such a big service on a part-time basis with all the travelling involved. This seems like a stop-gap measure. What is needed is a FULL_TIME executive who is available all the time and can give 100% to the one organization. splitting the management is poor practice.
How can he possibly control such a big service on a part-time basis with all the travelling involved. This seems like a stop-gap measure. What is needed is a FULL_TIME executive who is available all the time and can give 100% to the one organization. splitting the management is poor practice. cavillas

10:27am Tue 17 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Just another money grabbing no mark that will leave when it gets to tough or he can't take the criticism that on this basis he will most definitely get, when will the NHS wake up to the flaws of it's employees?
Just another money grabbing no mark that will leave when it gets to tough or he can't take the criticism that on this basis he will most definitely get, when will the NHS wake up to the flaws of it's employees? totallyfootball

11:12am Tue 17 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

East of England Ambulance Service --- says it all. Too big an organisation - but then what do us peasants know?
East of England Ambulance Service --- says it all. Too big an organisation - but then what do us peasants know? Kim Gandy

12:25pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ontheball says...

What an absolutely crass appointment. How the hell can you be in charge of TWO ambulance authorities, miles apart, an a day to day basis. You cannot!

This decision beggars belief and just about sums up the total incompetence of this organisation from top to bottom.

Bring back the Essex Ambulance Service!
What an absolutely crass appointment. How the hell can you be in charge of TWO ambulance authorities, miles apart, an a day to day basis. You cannot! This decision beggars belief and just about sums up the total incompetence of this organisation from top to bottom. Bring back the Essex Ambulance Service! Ontheball

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