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MP for Bexhill and Battle becomes member of local ambulance Trust

Press release - 3 February 2010

Bexhill and Battle MP Greg Barker is supporting South East Coast Ambulance Service’s (SECAmb) 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 close to 3000 people have signed up as members so far.

Mr Barker said, “I feel that foundation trust status for SECAmb would bring real benefits to both patients and staff across our region. Becoming a member is a great opportunity for the people of Bexhill, Battle and beyond to get involved with their local ambulance service and to make sure they have their say in how their service develops. Anyone with an interest in our ambulance service should show their support by becoming a member.”

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.

Local people, patients and staff can all become foundation trust members, and can be members of any or all of the foundation trust in their area, eg hospital, mental health and ambulance service foundation trusts.

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

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