WORKFORCE: The chair of troubled East of England Ambulance Service Trust has resigned with immediate effect.

Last week HSJ reported the Department of Health had asked the chief executive of West MIdlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, Anthony Marsh, to carry out an independent review of the trust which has been struggling to meet response time targets.

The trust announced today that chair Maria Ball has resigned with immediate effect. Vice chair Paul Remington will take up the post while a new chair is recruited and will lead the organisation with interim chief executive Andrew Morgan.

Mr Remington said: “Maria has spent many years leading the ambulance service and I would like to thank her for her dedication and commitment through what have been some challenging times. Maria oversaw the formation of this Trust, bringing together three disparate organisations into one service, and its subsequent development.

“We now must concentrate on looking forward and focusing solely on how we improve our service to patients and better support our staff. To that end we are developing a transformational plan, details of which will be published next week. This will involve recruiting many more front line staff, better managing sickness absence, clearer career pathways and a renewed focus on patient handover delays.”