Eastbourne MP Requests Urgent Meeting With SECAmb

Wednesday 15th February 2017

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Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell is requesting an urgent meeting with the new chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) following allegations of staff bullying.

Caroline said she was appalled to hear details from an independent leaked report that said two 999 call handlers had attempted suicide in the trust, which was described as having a “culture of fear”.

“These appalling allegations from a few years ago have been revealed on the back of a poor Care Quality Commission Report on the trust which placed it in special measures and it also having the worst ambulance response times in the country,” said Caroline, “People across the South East are rightly very concerned about what is going on and MPs likewise. 

“None of these very serious allegations came to light under MPs’ questioning of the trust about its rogue 111 pilot which diverted and delayed potentially life threatening calls. 

"Then a failure of due diligence, failure to risk assess and a failure to communicate to the frontline were all uncovered, but bullying allegations as serious and devastating as these were not.

“The public and MPs need to have confidence this trust will improve on a whole host of issues and I want to see the new chief executive Daren Mochrie in Parliament as soon as possible to find out what he intends to do.

“In that meeting I will tell him he needs to get control of this scandal-hit ambulance service.”

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