Ashley Dalton, Labour’s candidate for Rochford and Southend East has warned against complacency on resources for local ambulance services as Robert Morton steps down as chief executive of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).
Mr Morton stepped down just two months after the chief inspector of hospitals rated the trust as “requires improvement”.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated frontline staff’s approach to care as outstanding but rated all other areas of the service as requiring improvement as winter pressures led to delays in response times and, according to whistleblowers, harm to patients.
Ashley Dalton said:
The CQC’s assessment of EEAST made clear that while frontline staff were diligent and caring, leadership of the trust needed to change. I welcome Mr Morton’s decision to stand down as this may provide an opportunity for improvement.
However, it would be dangerously complacent to assume that simply bringing in new senior management can counteract the impact of years of sustained and brutal cuts to NHS funding.
Across the NHS and other areas of public service, the effects of a decade of extreme austerity are now reaching crisis point.
We must review NHS funding now and reprioritise spending towards the most vulnerable to prevent further deterioration of vital healthcare services.
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