The nursing director of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has announced that he is to leave his role next month.
Sandy Brown, deputy chief executive and director of nursing and clinical quality, is to retire. The announcement comes just weeks after the trust’s medical director, Mark Patten, resigned, citing “a personal decision to return to full-time clinical work at a hospital”.
Mr Brown has been on the trust’s board for three years, and will leave the NHS in April after nearly 30 years, said the organisation in a statement.
He said: “I am immensely proud of my service; I have had a great career and my passion has always been about patients and developing staff.
Ambulance trust’s director of nursing announces retirement
“I would like to thank everyone, and wish East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust every success,” he added.
The trust is currently rated as “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, but is currently the focus of an independent review into patient safety.
Its chief executive recently told local MPs that the ambulance service needed funding for 160 new vehicles over the next two years to meet growing demand.
Robert Morton was speaking last month at an informal meeting of East of England MPs held because the trust has been under scrutiny after claims patients had died after delays, the BBC reported.
A senior-level whistleblower at the trust has claimed that between 18 December 2017 and 3 January this year at least 19 people died and 21 people were harmed after significant delays in reaching these patients.
The claims triggered a risk summit by NHS England and an independent review is expected to be concluded by Easter.