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MP for Hove becomes member of local ambulance service

Press release - 14 January 2010

Hove MP Celia Barlow 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 3,000 people have signed up as members so far.

Ms Barlow said: “Becoming a member is a great opportunity for people across Sussex to get involved with their local ambulance service and to make sure they have their say in how their service develops in the future.

“Foundation Trust status for SECAmb would bring real benefits to both patients and staff across our region and I would encourage anyone with an interest in our ambulance service to become a member and show their support”.

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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