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Minister says ambulance bosses should ‘examine their own consciences’

PUBLISHED: 17:33 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:33 25 June 2013

The region's MPs are debating the performance of the East of England Ambulance Trust.

The region's MPs are debating the performance of the East of England Ambulance Trust.

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Health minister Anna Soubry said non-executive board members at the region’s failing ambulance trust should examine their own consciences as MPs hit out at a “rotten culture” in the Trust.

At a debate in parliament today Witham MP Priti Patel said the East of England Ambulance Trust had experienced serious issues of accountability and leadership mismanagement and was suffering from the “rotten culture” refered to by Suffolk MP Dan Poulter earlier this week.

It comes after a damning review of the Trust earlier this month accused the leadership of a lack of focus and being too weak.

In the Westminster Hall debate Broadland MP Keith Simpson asked if there was a systemic “culture of failure” and of “buck passing” not just at the ambulance trust but in other areas of the NHS and the public sector.

He warned that a new board could be appointed who “may very well be recycled individuals from the ‘quangocracy’ who have perhaps failed in other parts of the country.”

Answered MPs concerns during the 90 minute debate, Ms Soubry, said: “I think the secretary of state has made it quite clear that it is not a culture that he will accept and he is now becoming the champion of the patient.”

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey and Ms Patel last week wrote to the non-executive directors of the East of England Ambulance Service calling on them to step down over “inept” leadership.

The letter was sent on June 13 and the board’s chairman said two of the directors would leave when their terms end this summer.

In the debate Ms Patel question the minister on the position of the non-executive directors and why they had not resigned.

Ms Soubry said: “I know of no reason why they shouldn’t. It is a matter of their own consciences.”

But she added: “I am not normally one to shy away from giving an opinion, but I think in this instance it is important the ministers don’t get involved and don’t give an opinion. It would be improper. It is for those who serve in these position to examine their own position and own consciences and act accordingly.”

8 comments

  • I blame government for washing their hands of any responsibility. As you can see by what has been said.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

  • More silly grandstanding. These MPs are nothing more than opportunists. Consider the timing of their hypocritical 'intervention' over NCC children's services - educational results have been on the slide in Norfolk for a decade and the MPs didn't say a word. Even when OFSTED issued its latest damning report in January this year the MPs were nowhere to be seen.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • Anna Soubry says "board members should examine their own consciences" ! It's a pity this sham of a government hasn't got a 'Conscience' !!!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • Anna Soubry says "board memebers should examine their consciences" ? I think it would be good if our MP's had a 'Conscience' !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

  • I blame government for washing their hands of any responsibility. As you can see by what has been said.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

  • How hypocritical of MPs to talk of buckpassing. Even the health minister Norman Lamb acts surprised when a new announcement comes about the health services he's meant to know about!

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    JO

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

  • What consciences ? They are only in it for fat NHS paycheck.

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    Reader

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

  • "he is now becoming the champion of the patient.” What the .... was he before?

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    kenneth jessett

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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