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Calls for South West Ambulance Service CEO to quit

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9:57am 22nd November 2017

Frontline paramedics in Dorset are calling for the chief executive of the South West Ambulance trust to resign, citing a series of damning failures.

Members of the GMB union say the South West Ambulance Foundation Trust is "failing to address major issues" and that "lives are being put in danger" because of financial pressures.

Gary Palmer, GMS's regional NHS campaign organiser, says pressure's mounting on Ken Wenman, who's been head of the trust for over a decade, to step down 'sooner rather than later'.

Mr Palmer says: "Although we are unfortunately regularly being contacted by members and concerned staff over any number of growing issues at SWAST, we felt this recent letter on behalf of a group of GMB members particularly summoned up the general despair and frustration many staff currently feel from working within a service and role they love."

"The trust are failing to address major issues and the toll from not doing so is having an enormous effect upon increasing numbers of staff, as they consider whether they wish to remain within this particular ambulance service or not."

"GMB and its members being ignored by the chief executive and the trust is one thing, but their failing to be able to recognise the numerous issues and the effect they have upon many front line ambulance professionals within its own organisation and the patients they ultimate serve, means that Mr Wenman has clearly not only lost touch or interest with his employees and the service, but has now also lost their respect as well."

The GMB is due to meet ambulance staff from Dorset County Hospital in the coming weeks to gauge their view on the situation.

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