Ambulance service appoints interim chief executive

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The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has announced the appointment of an interim chief executive.

Andrew Morgan, who has worked for the NHS since 1982 and recently held the post of chief executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney, will take up the position on Monday.

Maria Ball, chair of the trust, said: “Andrew is a superb person to lead the trust while the next stage of the recruitment process is carried out.

“The trust is entering an important time as we work with new commissioners to agree how the service will be funded, what services will be provided to patients and to what standards.

“With Andrew’s extensive expertise within the NHS, he will be able to guide the trust forward to improve our services to patients, and see us through the difficult winter period where traditionally we see an increase in demand on 999 services.”

Mr Morgan has also held posts as chief executive at NHS Bedfordshire and NHS Harrow, and has spent time as a Health Authority director.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the ambulance service for the next few months in what are very challenging times, with the number of people calling 999 increasing year on year,” he said.

“The staff and volunteers who work for EEAST do a fantastic job all day, every day for their patients and I feel privileged to work alongside them.”