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Last Chance for Residents in Yorkshire to Have Their Say on Future Plans

02 December 2011

Members of the public in Yorkshire are being offered a final opportunity to give their views on Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s aspirations to become an NHS foundation trust before the end of their consultation on Sunday 4 December 2011. 

The NHS Trust, which provides 24 hour emergency and healthcare services to five million people across Yorkshire and is the second largest provider on non-emergency patient transport in the UK, has been busy consulting with its staff and members of the public since 12 September 2011 as part of a twelve-week consultation.

By becoming a foundation trust, members of the public and partner organisations will have the opportunity to become involved in helping to shape and develop the region’s ambulance service in the future, to better suit the needs of local people and for the benefit of patients.

Although the service will remain part of the NHS and continue to offer free services, the organisation would also become more financially independent and have greater accountability to the local community. 

As the end of the public consultation period draws very close, the Trust is encouraging its staff and members of the public living in Yorkshire who haven’t yet shared their thoughts on this transformation to get in touch.

David Whiting, Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Chief Executive, said the organisation wants to become a foundation trust to bring them closer to the communities they serve and give local people and its partner organisations more say in the delivery and development of services.

He said: “The journey towards becoming a foundation trust begins with us sharing details about our future plans and encouraging people to have their say. We have a consultation document which explains this process and why the views of the people of Yorkshire are such an important part of it.

“So far, people from all walks of life throughout Yorkshire have been inspired by our future plans for their ambulance service and have been keen to get involved. Some have even registered their interest to become ‘members’ of their local ambulance service should the plans go ahead.

“I would urge anyone to get in touch during the last couple of days of the consultation to have their say on this exciting stage in the history of Yorkshire’s ambulance service.”

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department