East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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HSJ wins investigation and technology awards

A series of articles by HSJ senior correspondent James Illman exposing care failings at East of England Ambulance Services Trust was named “investigation of the year” at last night’s inaugural Press Gazette specialist media awards.

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Embattled trust chief to stand down

The chief executive of the embattled East of England Ambulance Service Trust has announced he will step down, citing personal reasons.

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Exclusive: Trust considers drafting in military and using volunteer ambulance drivers

An embattled ambulance trust has floated the unprecedented move of asking volunteers to drive ambulances, HSJ can reveal.

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External review praises embattled trust's leadership after CQC criticism of bosses

An external review of the East of England Ambulance Services Trust’s leadership concluded bosses showed “cohesive leadership” and had a “clear vision” just weeks after the Care Quality Commission raised concerns about how well led it was.

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Senior MPs calls for leadership change at trust

Former health minister George Freeman has today joined fellow senior local MPs calling for a “change in management” at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and said he was “shocked by the lack of real leadership” at the provider.

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Safety delays trust rated ‘requires improvement’

East of England Ambulance Service Trust has been rated requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission, which raised concerns about a “lack of leadership”, “low staff morale”, and an “unsustainable” strategy in key areas.

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Exclusive: Ambulance delays review ‘doesn’t tally with frontline experience’, say whistleblowers

An “independent” review which said nobody died because of long ambulance delays in the East of England this winter “simply does not tally with the experiences of frontline staff”, senior whistleblowers have told HSJ.

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Exclusive: MPs tell health minister they have 'no faith' in trust leadership

MPs told a health minister and system leaders they had no confidence in the East of England Ambulance Service Trust’s leadership at a private meeting earlier this month, while a former minister claimed managers had “misled” MPs.

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Ambulance trusts demand millions to meet new targets

Ambulance trusts are seeking tens of millions of pounds in additional funding to meet new response targets and to cope with increasing demand, HSJ has learned.

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Concerns raised over stroke reconfiguration transfer plans

Senior clinicians and local campaigners have raised safety concerns over plans for a major reconfiguration of stroke services in Essex.

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Burst water pipe forces trust into major cancellations

Peterborough city hospital has been forced to cancel all outpatient clinics due to a burst water pipe.

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Deputy chief to retire from crisis-hit trust

East of England Ambulance Service Trust’s deputy chief executive and nursing director has announced he is to retire in April, meaning the trust’s two most senior clinical directors have left in recent months.

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Embattled trust chair 'totally confident' in senior leaders

East of England Ambulance Service Trust’s chair has robustly defended the organisation’s executive leadership, and cited lack of resources and hospital handover problems as key reasons for ambulance delays this winter.

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Exclusive: Chair of under-fire trust triggers 'independent' review of winter

East of England Ambulance Service Trust is commissioning a senior sector figure to “independently” review its operational management of the winter following allegations of avoidable patient harm and deaths.

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Performance Watch: A sting in the tail?

It would be unwise to count any spring chickens just yet, because pressures from bad weather can cause problems well into March and April. Easter weekend and half term can be particular pinch points as it can be hard to get staff at those times.

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Trust given two-year contract after private provider collapse

A two year patient transport contract was awarded to an ambulance trust, after it said it would not otherwise be able to provide short term support, it has emerged.

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Scandal-hit ambulance trust to hire private sector capacity and review staff leave

A scandal-hit ambulance trust is hiring private ambulance capacity, reviewing holiday arrangements and asking hospitals to accept transfers more quickly following an intervention by national regulators over its performance issues.

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Use multidisciplinary teams to meet the A&E crisis

Better deployment of alternative health professionals like occupational therapists in emergency care can ease the pressure on A&E departments, says Karin Orman

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Revealed: 'At least 40 patients died or harmed' after ambulance delays

At least 40 patients in the East of England were “harmed or died following significant ambulance delays” in less than three weeks between mid-December and early January, a senior whistleblower has told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Whistleblower warns trust is 'worst it's ever been' as staff shortage revealed

An ambulance trust has been accused of putting targets ahead of patient safety and creating a culture in which staff are too scared to raise concerns by a senior whistleblower within the organisation.