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GMB Shock at Queens Award

Saturday, December 29, 2012

GMB members at for East of England Ambulance Service (Eeast) former chief executive shocked by Queen's award.

At best this is bad timing as he left the service with a poor record of reaching the government targets for response times and a worse one on industrial relations with a GMB survey on bullying within the Trust underway says GMB.

GMB members working at East Of England Ambulance Service are shocked by the news that former chief executive Haden Newton is to receive the Queen's Award for services to the ambulance service in the New Years Honours list.

Tony Hughes, GMB Organiser said, “The news that Haden Newton, the former Chief Executive of EEAST is to receive the Queen's Award for service to the ambulance service is a surprise to GMB members who worked for the Trust during his time in charge. 

At best this is bad timing as he left the service with a poor record of reaching the government targets for response times and a worse one on industrial relations with a GMB survey on bullying within the Trust underway.

It is clear from our local newspaper and radio, as well as official figures that under his leadership the Trust failed to reach government targets for getting people to hospital in all areas have increased and in some areas have seen an increase of over 100% leaving sick people without the hospital care they needed for hours.

GMB members now want to see interim Chief Executive Officer Andrew Morgan at the helm who they can have confidence in and with the ability to lead and defend the Trust and who is prepared to talk to GMB about the issues and challenges. GMB know the problems GMB members face as they work with the Trust to jointly deliver the service the people of the East of England deserve and rightly expect; the best possible care from the best Trust." 

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Contact: Warren Kenny on 07843 632394 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

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