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More ambulance controversy

Another former health minister has called for a “change in management” at the ambulance trust serving their constituency.

George Freeman joined Lib Dem Norman Lamb and Conservative MP Richard Bacon to say change was necessary at East of England Ambulance Services Trust.

His intervention comes after the Care Quality Commission noted a “lack of leadership” at the trust. The inspection had been prompted by whistleblowers raising concerns.

In a joint statement, the MPs said the trust had the worst response times in the country for the most severe calls, known as “category one calls”. 

The trust said it was “disappointing” that the MPs ”appear not to recognise the context our emergency service core business operates within. Norfolk is a highly rural area and doesn’t commission national standards and the trust continues to work with commissioners to be able to improve this  - we would encourage these MPs to work closely with us and our commissioners to fully understand where their support could be best placed.”

Promote the deputy II

Earlier in the week, HSJ reported on the appointment of medical director and deputy chief executive at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust David Rosser to the top job there.

Yesterday, a cancer specialist trust appointed the deputy chief executive of another cancer trust to its own top job. Liz Bishop is moving from London’s Royal Marsden FT to the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre FT, in the Wirral.

Her appointment comes after her predecessor at the Merseyside trust resigned after being found to have had a “close personal relationship” with another executive.

Clatterbridge had also suspended its deputy chief executive Yvonne Bottomley whilst an independent investigation was carried out. The outcome of this probe has not been published.

The trust is currently in the process of building a new cancer centre based in Liverpool.