Update from Anthony Marsh - 19th March 2015

Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh

I would like to continue the thread of last week’s message on what we are doing to build confidence in the service, by telling our stakeholders about the improvements we are making and how your hard work is making it happen – we know that we are an on the road to recovery but it’s a message we should share as much as possible!

There has been a real push recently to positively interact with the media, in a series of progress press releases on our student paramedic recruitment, upskilling of staff, our new equipment, defibrillators for the community, new vehicle programme and our improving performance. Locality Director Rob Ashford has been in the ‘hot seat’ on BBC Radio Essex, a journalist from the East Anglian Daily Times is riding out with a crew in Ipswich this week and our communications team has been meeting editors and reporters across the region to talk about the service and how we can get more positive news about EEAST in their pages. Here is a selection of recent coverage following the latest progress press release:

I am also delighted by the good reports from the health overview and scrutiny committee meetings in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the last week, which you can read about in a separate article. It is always pleasing when councillors praise the service for what we are specifically doing in their area and our next meeting is in Hertfordshire at the end of this month.

Finally, congratulations to the Stalham and Manningtree CFR groups who have celebrated their ten-year anniversary in the last week. I would like to thank everyone involved in both groups for your dedication and commitment to patients on reaching this remarkable milestone. Well done for making a real difference to your communities.

Published 19th March 2015

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