Friday, 18 December 2009

MP for South Thanet becomes member of local ambulance Trust

South Thanet MP Stephen Ladyman 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 nearly 2500 people have signed up as members so far.

Dr Ladyman said, “Membership is a great way for the people of South Thanet 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 feel that 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 or call 01273 897840

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