max temp: 20°C

min temp: 6°C


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.”

An appeal has been launched to bring home a much-loved mother who has become stranded in Russia after falling desperately ill on a family holiday.

A 75-year-old woman has died after being involved in a crash last week in Felixstowe.

Essex Police are looking to identify a cyclist who died last week in Great Oakley after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The family of a man who reportedly froze to death outside the home he had been evicted from may finally get some answers nine months on.

More people are born on September 26 than any other day of the year, just nine months and 23 days after Christmas.

Authorities have seized £100,000 of cash found hidden inside packs of bed linen at Harwich International Port.

It was a coastguard callout which had all the hallmarks of a dramatic rescue in the making.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24