Governors Express Support for Ambulance Service Leadership Despite Calls for Public Inquiry
The leadership of North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has received the backing of its governors, despite a damning report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that highlighted failures including a "blame culture" and some paramedics attending incidents without vital drugs. This comes as the family of Quinn-Evie Milburn Beadle, a teenager whose death was linked to the ambulance service, continues to fight for justice.
"NEAS Board Meeting: No Concerns Raised"
At a public NEAS board meeting, Dr Simon Walford, the lead governor, said that none of his fellow governors had raised concerns about those at the top of NEAS. He added that the CQC report did not take into account the lack of resources available to the trust or the national emergency that was in place at the time of the report.
NEAS Executives Move On: Take Report Seriously
Two senior executives - the trust's medical director and director of patient safety - have either recently or are set to move on to new roles outside of NEAS. Chief executive Helen Ray discussed that the report should not be shied away from and that the trust must take the findings seriously.
Parents demand inquiry after tragedy.
The BBC Newsnight special report featured Tracey and David Beadle, Quinn-Evie's parents, who called for a public inquiry and for senior figures at the ambulance service to face consequences. A paramedic who arrived at the scene to treat Quinn was subsequently struck off.
"Mrs Ray praises NEAS staff, Griffiths review imminent"
Mrs Ray paid tribute to ambulance staff who later raised concerns about the care given to Quinn-Evie, saying that it was a positive example of staff feeling able to speak up. A review led by Dame Marianne Griffiths into alleged failings in disclosing documents to coroners at NEAS and whistleblowing is set to be published in the coming weeks.
NEAS governors back trust, Quinn-Evie family fight on.
The governors of NEAS have expressed their confidence in the beleaguered NHS Trust's management, while the family of Quinn-Evie Milburn Beadle continues to fight for justice. The CQC report highlighted failures in the trust, and the trust must take the findings seriously. Two senior executives have either recently or are set to move on to new roles outside of NEAS, and a review into alleged failings is set to be published in the coming weeks. The chief executive has paid tribute to ambulance staff who raised concerns about the care given to Quinn-Evie, and a paramedic who arrived at the scene was subsequently struck off.
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