Have your say on future running of ambulance trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chairman Della Cannings and Chief Executive David Whiting take a look at the consultation document
Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chairman Della Cannings and Chief Executive David Whiting take a look at the consultation document

BOSSES at Yorkshire Ambulance Service are planning a major shake up in how it is run.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust plans to make an application to become an NHS foundation trust.

The move would mean local communities would have more say and the organisation would become finanicially indpendent, but would still remain part of the NHS.

The trust is now asking for the public to come forward and help shape the service for the future.

Consultation results will form part of the application which will be submitted to the Department of Health next summer.

David Whiting, Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s chief executive, said the organisation wants to become a foundation trust to bring them closer to the communities. “The journey towards becoming a foundation trust begins with us sharing details about our future plans and encouraging people to have their say.

“We hope people from all walks of life in Yorkshire will be inspired by our future plans for their ambulance service and will want to get involved. We also hope they will choose to become ‘members’ of their local ambulance service and register their interest to do this as part of the consultation exercise.”

The consultation runs until December 4. Copies of the document are online at http://www.yas.nhs.uk/ourfutureplans/Consultation_Document.html and are also available from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust by emailing: foundationtrust@yas.nhs.uk or calling 01924 584567.