Union worry at ambulance chief's move
THE ambulance service union has raised concerns about the departure of the chief executive of Great Western Ambulance Service.
As the Evening Post reported last week David Whiting has resigned from the service that operates in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area, to head up the service in Yorkshire where he started his career.
Members of the Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) branch of Unison said the timing of the announcement of Mr Whiting's departure is "difficult", due to the ongoing changes within the organisation.
Mr Whiting joined GWAS on April 1, 2009, and his first year in charge marked the first time the trust had managed to meet national targets for reaching the sickest patients since it was formed from three county services in 2006.
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He is expected to take up his new post early next year and work to recruit a replacement is set to start immediately.
Unison branch secretaries Dan Tucker and Shane Clark said: "GWAS is currently going through sweeping changes and so this announcement comes at a very difficult time especially as he has committed to us for five years.
"However we look forward to working closely with the chief executive in the next few months before he leaves.
"Our members in GWAS will be seriously concerned that this change in leadership will threaten the ongoing improvements that GWAS has made.
"In the national league tables, GWAS is the most improved ambulance service in the country.
"This massive leap is down to the dedication and daily sacrifice of all ambulance staff, from the lowest to the highest level.
"We hope that the transition to a new chief executive will not endanger our fragile position.
"We look forward to contributing to the recruitment of the new Chief, and wish Dave all the best for his future career."