December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The region’s ambulance service has withdrawn its foundation trust bid to focus on patient care.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has announced it has abandoned its application to become an NHS Foundation Trust.
It will not be reapplying until sustainable improvements have been made to the service patients receive.
Dr Geoffrey Harris OBE, interim EEAST chairman, said: “I am focused on patients and improving our service to them. “Transforming our services and becoming a high performing organisation will take time, but it is the most important challenge to address.”
The decision was announced at Wednesday’s EEAST public board meeting with Dr Harris confirming the Foundation Trust application will be revisited once the Trust is providing “sustainable high quality services, operating efficiently and effectively and the organisation is developed and fit for purpose”.
At the meeting it was also said that the Trust will continue to recruit Foundation Trust members and involve them in the ambulance service and how it is developing.
Foundation Trust status would have allowed the ambulance service to step away from government control.
It would also have been able to control its own budget and would be more accountable to local communities.