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East of England: MPs to debate ambulance service

PUBLISHED: 17:37 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:37 19 June 2013

Richard Porritt interviews Priti Patel MP at Westminster.

Richard Porritt interviews Priti Patel MP at Westminster.

The performance of the East of England Ambulance Service will be debated in parliament next week amid calls for members of the board to resign.

Witham MP Priti Patel has secured a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday, the day before the next Trust board meeting.

It comes after she and Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey called for the non-executive directors of the ambulance trust board to resign.

Earlier this month a report by West Midlands Ambulance Service boss Anthony Marsh found the board had “developed a sense of helplessness” and that “there is a lack of focus and grip from the board which has contributed towards the deterioration of performance.”

Ms Patel said: “We will continue to press a point of public interest here. Our constituents and people in the Eastern region deserve answers. We know people have died and as a result we need to have progress on this. We need proper accountability. The public deserve the right people in themanagement team that will support the front line staff to get out there and do an excellent job.”

Dr Coffey said: “Next week’s debate gives MPs a further opportunity to debate the performance of the Trust.”

“Whilst frontline staff are doing their best this deterioration has not just happened overnight. I am surprised that having read the report a number of the non-executive directors have still have not offered their resignation.”

7 comments

  • These people are unbelievable. This is clearly the tories' latest gimmick to con voters. Jumping on every passing populist bandwagon to show they're on the same wavelength as the public. Yesterday it was DaveCam spouting hollow words about tax evasion at the G8. Extraordinary hypocrisy from a man whose 2010 election success was based on a huge injection of covert funding from one of the biggest tax evaders on the planet. Today they are telling us its jail for the banksters and there really will be no more NHS cover-ups, honestly.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • A&E crisis? What A&E crisis?

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    JO

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • No need a debate, just pick them up, take them ,drop them off and leave a.s.a.p

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    billythebookie

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • British people THINK we live in a democracy, what we really have is a 5 year Dictatorship !, where the Tories are determined to Privatise everything they can before they get kicked out again ! This situation smacks to me of a pre-war Nazi Germany where witch hunts went on whilst the general population were helpless to do anything ! I read a comment in a daily newspaper the other day that said "Hasn't Gt Britain become a guppy little place" ! I just could not disagree with that statement !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • One of these days I wil use a dictionary ! 'Grubby' should be the word !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • Under the article elsewhere, 'MPs call for ambulance board to go', count yourselves lucky you've been allowed to comment. Is anyone else getting tired of MPs clamouring for resignations every time there's some furore or other in the media spotlight that they think the public might get excited about? Surely they were elected to do more than this casual bandwagoning - lobbying for example.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • @freedomf 'guppy' should read 'Gubby' !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

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