SECAmb boss to face West Sussex councillors

The top boss at an ambulance trust is set to face questions from councillors - after it emerged medics delayed urgent 999 calls.

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Paul Sutton, chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service is set to answer questions about a project which saw calls re-triaged from the NHS 111 service to the 999 service.

He will be attending West Sussex Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) on Friday, December 4.

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Health sector regulator, Monitor, has said the pilot project which involved the ambulance trust changing how it handled some NHS 111 calls, was poorly handled.

Margaret Evans, chairman of HASC said: “The committee’s role is to review and scrutinise health and adult social care services, focusing on making sure services are effective, safe and deliver high quality outcomes and experience for local people.

“We are concerned about Monitor’s findings about South East Coast Ambulance’s pilot project and want to hear whether any West Sussex residents were negatively impacted.”

Speaking earlier in November, Cllr Evans the committee will find out whether the findings directly affected West Sussex residetns before deciding whther formal scrutiny is required.

The meeting will also hear about Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s plans following a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in January.

Representatives from the mental health trust will discuss its Quality Improvement Plan which describes what it is doing, in partnership with other partner organisations, following the review.

The committee will be asked to consider and comment on the trust’s immediate and on-going actions and to decide whether any further scrutiny is required.

The meeting starts at 1.30pm at County Hall in Chichester.

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