‘Risk summit’ ordered after whistleblower raises concerns about East of England Ambulance Service patient deaths | Health

PUBLISHED: 22:39 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 22:43 22 January 2018

Picture: Archant Library.

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The area’s ambulance belief, which is dealing with allegations of patient deaths attributable to delays, is to be the topic of a “risk summit”.

Steve Barclay, Conservative health minister.
PHOTO: IAN BURT.Steve Barclay, Conservative well being minister. PHOTO: IAN BURT.

The claims across the East of England Ambulance Service Trust have been raised with senior officers, together with NHS England chief govt Simon Stevens and watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Conservative well being minister Steve Barclay, North East Cambridgeshire MP, instructed the Commons that NHS England and NHS Improvement, with the CQC in attendance, will meet within the coming days to debate and evaluation data about the concerns.

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis final week instructed the Commons of allegations that 20 individuals died attributable to ambulances arriving late over a 12-day interval the place an ambulance service had failed to maneuver into its highest state of emergency.

He mentioned a whistleblower introduced the claims to him.

Speaking throughout a Commons debate, Liberal Democrat former well being minister Norman Lamb, who represents North Norfolk, inspired Mr Barclay to reiterate that ambulance belief managers ought to enable employees to talk out after they have “genuine and legitimate” concerns.

Mr Barclay supported such a comment and later referred to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, including to Mr Lamb: “On receipt of his letter I instructed officers in my division to share copies with the Care Quality Commission – the impartial regulator of all well being and social care providers in England – to make sure they’re totally conscious of the problems being raised.

“I’ve mentioned these regarding allegations immediately with the chief govt of NHS England and the chief govt of NHS Improvement this morning, and requested them to verify to me the actions they are going to be taking.

“They have subsequently confirmed they will be holding a joint risk summit regarding the trust in the next week – the CQC will be in attendance.”

The area’s NHS got here below intense strain between mid-December and early January.

But a dossier produced by a whistleblower, seen by this newspaper, alleged 19 people died in the east of England during that period, including a man who waited 16 hours for an ambulance in Lowestoft on December 27.

The ambulance belief final weeksaid of the claims: “We are aware of the claims made by MPs but note no complaints have been received from patients or their families at this time. Nor have any concerns been expressed internally through our line management, whistleblowing or freedom to speak up processes.”

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