Ambulance Watch: 999 trust boss gets £50,000 pay rise for taking on East of England role

East Anglian Ambulance Trust CEO Anthony Marsh. Photo: Steve Adams East Anglian Ambulance Trust CEO Anthony Marsh. Photo: Steve Adams

Monday, July 21, 2014
2:20 PM

Officials from the region’s under-performing ambulance trust have defended a decision that resulted in its chief executive being paid more than £200,000 a year.

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Concerns have been raised about the wage of the CEO of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) after his salary went from £182,000 to £232,000 - £90,000 more than the Prime Minister - after becoming the head of two ambulance trusts.

Anthony Marsh, who has been chief executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service for eight years, became the interim head of the East of England trust in January, which has been criticised by patients, commissioners, MPs and the health regulator over the last two years for slow responses.

However, an MP in the West Midlands has urged government ministers to intervene after Dr Marsh received a £50,000 pay rise for taking on the East of England job.

Campaigners in Norfolk have also questioned how long the chief executive can continue to work 70 hours a week running the two NHS trusts.

A statement for both trusts said: “For the combined work his salary has been increased by £50,000, saving the taxpayer approximately £130,000 on the cost of a having a substantive chief executive in each ambulance trust.”

“Dr Marsh is now responsible for the running of both organisations, doing the job of two chief executives. He is not, however, earning the salaries of two chief executives. On average, Dr Marsh works at least 70 hours a week to ensure both areas receive his full attention. By comparison, within the same two areas, there are 11 chief fire officers and 10 chief constables.”

“East of England Ambulance Service was a failing trust. Since his appointment as interim chief executive, Mr Marsh has brought in brand new frontline vehicles and is recruiting 400 new staff. The organisation has turned a corner.”

The public servant’s salary has been criticised by West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson, who is calling on the government to act over the “banker-style” wage.

Denise Burke, of the Act of Ambulances campaign and prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, added that she feared Dr Marsh could suffer “burn out” if he carried on working long hours.

“He is only supposed to do a full-time job split between two and should be paid the salary of one chief executive role. It is a very unique situation for someone to juggle two quite different jobs. We are beginning to see a turnaround [at the East of England Ambulance Service] although it is a very slow turnaround.”

“I’m not necessarily against him being paid this large amount for a period of time, but I would ask how sustainable it is to have someone working 70 hours a week?”

Dr Marsh is now responsible for a combined workforce of almost 9,000 staff dealing with a daily workload of around 6,000 emergency calls. Covering a combined area of more than 12,000sq miles, the two ambulance trusts serve a population of around 12 million people.

Have you got a story about the ambulance service? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • "Runner77" if you wish to purchase a photo of the Ambulance Potato men, you can just go on Ebay and type in East Of England Ambulance photo.

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    Footyboy16

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • It's such a shame that people can't comment on what is on the news, as this site is for... Please grow up.. The ECO needs to ask him self, is any one person worth such a large payment ? And able to make staff redundant ! New broom to clear out the rubbish or get a way of getting rid of some of the " NO SIR" staff who stand up and get counted .. My friends now worry for what's next..PS shame it's not one of your 200 new ambulances in the photo...LOL.

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    DAVE !

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Ref: "Runner77" I used them !! literally the other week, and I could of crawled my way to hospital quicker. !!! and yes I did complain about the potato collection ref your colleagues in AY14 DFZ (941) 2 old farts beyond retirement age !!! do you homework and find out.

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    Footyboy16

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Usual no hoper, bitchy comments......good luck to Dr Marsh and let's hope his initial success in this role continues.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Ref ' Footyboy aka, failed fireman ambulance hater'. You need to get a life. I trust you'll never use those clowns that drive around in ice-cream vans with plasters. Good luck driving yourself to hospital. Oh, but then in your view I'm sure that'd be faster that waiting for an ice-cream van. Let's just hope the crushing pain from a heart attack doesn't impeded your journey! As usual, you're just using this place to put forward your one sided, bias and frankly laughable point of view! You complained about a crew stopping to buy potatoes..... Really??

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    Runner77

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • So a nice big bonus for under performing. Crazy

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    samphirelover

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Ref "999gsi" nice to see my complaint is being investigated into the 2 clowns buying potatoes whilst supposedly on duty.. Now its nice to see Billy Smart has got a pay rise to look after his clowns riding round in ice-cream vans with a few plasters !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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