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Suffolk: Ambulance chief Dr Anthony Marsh earns £232,000 to run two services

16:44 20 July 2014

Dr Anthony Marsh

Dr Anthony Marsh

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The boss of the region’s under-pressure ambulance service is now earning £232,000 after taking on a dual role.

Dr Anthony Marsh splits his time working for the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said Dr Marsh, who was appointed interim head of EEAST in January, is being paid £232,000 to run both organisations.

In a statement, West Midlands Ambulance Service said he is “doing the job of two chief executives” and works at least 70 hours each week.

It added: “Mr Marsh’s substantive position is that of chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“He is also chief executive of East of England Ambulance Service. For the combined work his salary has been increased by £50,000, saving the taxpayer approximately £130,000 on the cost of having a substantive chief executive in each ambulance trust.

“For 2014/15, Anthony Marsh’s total salary for his work at West Midlands Ambulance Service and East of England Ambulance Service is £232,226.”

The total salary includes a £50,000 “uplift” payment agreed after Mr Marsh was appointed as head of the East of England service in January.

Mr Marsh’s salary has been criticised by West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson, who is calling on ministers to intervene.

The Labour MP told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: “He is receiving banker-style top-ups to his huge salary whilst taxpayers are struggling to pay their monthly bills.

“It’s not fair, it’s not right and ministers should stop it.”

Mr Marsh, who has led the West Midlands service since 2006, is now responsible for a combined workforce of almost 9,000 staff dealing with a daily workload of around 6,000 emergency calls.

Covering a combined area of more than 12,000sq miles, the two regions are served by 11 chief fire officers and 10 chief constables.

3 comments

  • Huge responsibility equals huge pay I am afraid. He does seem to be getting somewhere and improving an under performing ambulance service. If it all goes wrong the buck stops with him.

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    royg

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • A lot of money but he does seem to be getting to grips with the problems within the local ambulance service. (If he continues to work a 70 hour week, he might end up in one of his own ambulances).

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Good work if you can get it. These stories do fail to point out the level of responsibility though. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

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    Rory Breaker

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

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