Ambulance Trust merger28th March 2006
The Great Western Ambulance NHS Trust is the new name of a merged organisation being created from the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Services.
The new organisation will come into effect on April 1st 2006 and is the first of many new organisations being set up as part of the government review of Ambulance Services.
Controversy broke out as Louis Victory, chairman of Avon Ambulance Trust, announced he had withdrawn his application for the top job at the new Great Western Trust, saying he quit his post in "shame" at the trust's merger plans.
He claimed that the new Trust faced severe financial problems, and saying he was "ashamed" at having initially supported the merger. The Strategic Health Authority says the new Trust will save £1.6m per year in bureaucracy.
However the NHS Appointments Commission said his application for the post had been unsuccessful. They were 'disappointed that he has chosen to react in this way.'
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Title: Ambulance Trust merger
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 169
Date Added: 28th Mar 2006