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Horsham MP visits front line ambulance staff

Press release - 16 March 2010

Horsham MP Francis Maude was given an insight into a modern ambulance service on a recent visit to South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb).

Mr Maude took time out to visit Horsham ambulance station on Friday 5 March to meet paramedics working in and around the Horsham area and got an idea of the issues facing crews on the front line.

SECAmb paramedic and Clinical Operations Manager for the area, David Atkins said: “It was good to be meet Mr Maude and to discuss the issues and challenges facing frontline staff in his constituency.”

Mr Maude said: “I was impressed with the work of South East Coast Ambulance Service, both in regard to the technological and clinical innovations being developed and the commitment of the frontline staff. I was delighted to be able to meet the dedicated staff and hear about ways that are lives are being saved across the region”.

Mr Maude is supporting SECAmb’s plans to give local people more involvement in how their ambulance services are developed by becoming a public member of the Trust.

SECAmb recently consulted on its proposals to become a foundation trust and more than 3000 people have signed up as members so far.

NHS foundation trusts are still part of the NHS, still provide free care for patients, have to meet national government targets and are regularly assessed and inspected. However, they have greater freedom from central government control and are able to act swiftly on the views of their members and an elected Council of Governors.

Mr Maude added: “Becoming a member is a great opportunity for the people of Horsham and beyond to get involved with their local ambulance service and to make sure they have their say in how their service develops in the future. I would encourage anyone with an interest in our ambulance service to join and show their support.”

For further information or to sign up as a member online visit www.secamb.nhs.uk or call 01273 897840.

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