The chief executive of the East of England Ambulance NHS trust has stood down from his role.
Hayden Newton, who took over the leadership of the trust in 2007, announced today (Monday) that he is retiring after more than five years in the role,
Last week we reported how trade union the GMB revealed that union members in the ambulance service had written to the chair of the trust to express a vote of no confidence in Mr Newton after the service announced plans to change staff rotas and cut its number of ambulances.
But following the announcement of his resignation the trust said he will be a “hard act to follow”.
Chair of EEAST Maria Ball said: “Hayden will be greatly missed within the trust and wider ambulance family - we are all very sad that he is leaving.
I have personally known Hayden for more than 12 years and I continue to admire his energy, integrity, commitment and absolute passion for ambulance services.”
“Hayden has been an excellent chief executive and under his leadership the trust has made real progress.
“Our clinical support desks are saving around 900 ambulance unnecessary dispatches every week, paramedic numbers have increased significantly under his leadership and more front line staff continue to be recruited to nearly double the number since he took over in 2007 when the Trust faced significant financial issues.
“The services the trust offers are more tailored to the individual patient and there have been significant improvements to the quality of care provided to patients.
“Thanks to Hayden’s stewardship EEAST is now a stable, sustainable and financially sound organisation.
“With Hayden’s support, we will now start the process to find his replacement - he will be a hard act to follow.”
Mr Newton said: “EEAST is a great place to work. We have outstanding staff who work hard to deliver the best possible service to our patients who call us when they are in their greatest need.
“Now I am nearing my retirement age, I think the time is right to pass the baton onto a new chief executive whilst I look for a new focus in my life.”
Hayden Newton will retire within the next six months, depending on how quickly a new chief executive can be recruited.
EEAST has now started looking for someone to drive the service forward in these uncertain times.
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