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Trusts face paybill hike from rebanding claims


Ambulance trusts are facing significantly higher costs as thousands of staff look set to be upgraded to a higher pay band.


Fumes from idling ambulances stuck outside A&Es endangering staff


An ambulance trust is having to protect its staff from the effects of fumes – including potential cancer risk – as they are spending so long in their vehicles outside hospitals.

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Chair leaves trust after a year in post


An ambulance trust chair has announced his departure, little more than a year after he took up the post.


Paramedic named as trust’s permanent CEO


A leading paramedic has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of an ambulance trust.

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Outside CEOs bring ‘positive challenge’ to sector, says review author


The senior leader who carried out a cultural review of the ambulance sector has said bringing in chief executives from outside has “shone a different light” on the service, although she stressed it was not a “silver bullet”.


Waiting times focus ‘overshadows misconduct’, finds NHSE review


Ambulance trusts have often prioritised capacity and response times over dealing with cases of misconduct, a review of culture in the sector for NHS England has found.


Ambulance handover delays soar as winter bites


Ambulance handover delays rose last week with close to 13,000 crews waiting more than an hour to offload patients — marginally more than the comparable week last year.


Health secretary told to intervene over ‘systemic’ ambulance deaths


Ministers must intervene over systemic failures which are ‘too big for hospital or ambulance trusts to fix on their own’ and have led to multiple preventable deaths, a senior coroner has warned.


Exclusive: Dozens of new ambulances delayed after supplier goes bust


The delivery of more than 100 new ambulances to the NHS could be delayed ahead of winter after the company paid to supply them went into administration, HSJ has learned.


Former college president made interim trust chief


England’s first ambulance trust chief paramedic and quality officer has been appointed as the interim chief executive at South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

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West Country Chronicle: Trust’s concern over ‘short-term’ funding agreements


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Revealed: Four trusts report quarter of all ‘critical incidents’


More than a quarter of ‘critical incidents’ have been declared by just four trusts since the start of the crisis in urgent and emergency care.


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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West Country Chronicle: How a Nightingale hospital is, finally, the answer


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Trust chief steps down after ‘extraordinary journey’


The chief executive of an ambulance trust has announced his resignation after just over three years in the NHS.

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West Country Chronicle: Leadership change comes to the peninsula


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Troubled ICS reveals ‘first in England’ shake-up of structure


Cornwall’s commissioning board and two providers are set to delegate authority to two new joint committees in what local chiefs claim is a first-of-its-kind governance shake-up for the health service.

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Cyber attack takes out two trusts’ records access


Two ambulance trusts have been left without a working electronic patient care record system for a week after a cyber attack affecting its Swedish-based supplier.


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.

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‘Marked reduction in pressure’ leads ambulance trust to move from top alert level after 598 days


An ambulance trust is no longer operating under the highest alert level for the first time in 20 months, after the number of calls it receives each day halved and a crucial response time reduced by 95 per cent.