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National director admits ‘misconduct’ in prior trust CEO role


A director at a national agency has been removed from the paramedic register after admitting to misconduct in a previous role as chief executive of an ambulance trust.


A&E handover delays up by a fifth, leak reveals


Hours lost to ambulance handover delays shot up by nearly a quarter last month amid growing fears about the pressure on ambulance services going into winter, according to figures seen by HSJ.

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Chair to retire after 50 years in the NHS


An ambulance trust chair is to step down after more than half a century in the NHS.

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New CEO for trust where ‘bullying and harassment were normalised’


An ambulance trust grappling with major cultural problems has appointed a substantive chief executive, who most recently has been on extended leave from his role leading two acute providers.

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Thousands of English NHS 999 calls answered in Wales


Thousands of 999 calls are being transferred to the Welsh Ambulance Service because they are taking more than five minutes to answer in England, HSJ can reveal.


Strike restrictions could make disruption worse, admits government


Introducing minimum levels of service during ambulance strikes could have a ‘significant negative impact’ if staff instead opted for other forms of industrial action, such as overtime bans, the government’s own impact assessment of the proposals has warned.


Staff at final ambulance trust vote to join strikes


Staff at the East of England ambulance trust – the only one to escape strike action so far – have voted to join the industrial action.


Only three trusts hit new A&E target


Average ambulance waits for stroke and heart attack patients topped two hours in three regions last month, amid another sharp drop in emergency care performance.

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Exclusive: Ambulance crews urged to conserve oxygen


Ambulance staff are being urged to conserve oxygen supplies because of a national shortage of small cylinders used both on ambulances and in some A&E departments.


‘Constructive’ first ambulance strike agreement revealed


Elderly people who fall may only be sent an ambulance after they have spent four hours on the floor, and some category 2 calls may not be responded to under one of the first agreements with ambulance unions about next week’s strikes.

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‘Inadequate’ trust gets new chief executive


An experienced acute hospital executive has been appointed to lead South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.


Ambulance strike dates and trusts revealed


Thousands of ambulance staff across England will go on strike during the festive period this month in a dispute over pay, three unions have announced.


Revealed: Ambulance waits quadruple in handover hotspots


Ambulance waiting times for stroke and suspected heart attacks have quadrupled in four parts of England since before covid-19 – whereas others have only grown by half – underlining the severe impact of long accident and emergency handovers.

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Female CEOs say ambulance service culture ‘deeply wrong’


The only two female ambulance chief executives in the country have said there is something ‘deeply wrong’ with the culture in ambulance services.


Emergency care in ‘dire’ situation as performance plummets over weekend


Several ambulance trusts have moved to the highest level of alert in the wake of severe pressure on emergency services in recent days.


24 hour ambulance handover on ‘worst night ever’


All ambulance services are now understood to be on the highest level of alert due to ‘extreme pressures’ caused by the hot weather and covid absences among staff.


Bullying and harassment ‘normalised’ at trust put back in special measures


An ambulance trust has been placed in special measures after the Care Quality Commission rated its leadership ‘inadequate’ and said staff felt unable to raise concerns without fear of reprisal


Trust rows back on ‘too tall or too short’ dismissal threat


Staff risk being sacked because they are too short or too tall to drive a van-conversion ambulance, union officials have warned.

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Interim CEO drafted in to calm trust’s leadership woes


An ambulance trust which is expected to be heavily criticised in an imminent Care Quality Commission report has appointed a new interim chief executive.