Ambulance chief resigns4th April 2006
The head of the Staffordshire Ambulance Service, Roger Thayne, has resigned following a row over planned mergers.
Mr Thayne has previously expressed fears that standards may drop if one regional trust is chosen; he had concerns about whether the system will still operate in the same way, if staff will be able to use their skills and if ambulances will be as well stocked and as fast to respond.
The service is currently discussing plans to create a West Midlands-wide force. Four ambulance trusts - Staffordshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester, and West Midlands and Shropshire - could merge to create one trust under the plans. The number of ambulance trusts in England could be cut by two-thirds under government proposals.
Mr Thayne had said he would resign if the merger went ahead, and he is now convinced that this will take place. A new head of the trust has already been appointed.
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Title: Ambulance chief resigns
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 179
Date Added: 4th Apr 2006