Ambulance boss quits top position
THE man in charge of ambulance services in the Bristol area is to step down after 19 months in the role.
David Whiting, pictured, joined Great Western Ambulance Service on April 1 last year but will take up a new post as chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, where he started his career back in 1981 as a paramedic, early next year.
The ambulance service was formed from the former Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon trusts in 2006 and had failed to meet national targets for reaching the sickest patients until the 2009-10 financial year – the full year for which Mr Whiting was in charge.
The chief executive joined GWAS from East Midlands Ambulance Service as a permanent replacement for Tim Lynch, the service's first chief.
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Mr Whiting is expected to take up his new position early next year and work to recruit a replacement is set to start immediately.
GWAS chairman Tony FitzSimons said: "David has provided strong leadership to the trust in bringing about a number of improvements which have seen the trust meeting national standards and achieving unconditional CQC registration during a period of heavy growth in demand for services.
"The trust is in a much stronger position across the range of its services – A&E, Patient Transport and Out of Hours – and intends that its new executive leadership will continue the trust's strategy of meeting patients' individual needs and improving the quality of services, combined with the value for money demanded by the future NHS funding."