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Trust thanks staff, volunteers & partners ahead of NHS 70th anniversary

The National Health Service is marking 70 years since its formation tomorrow (5 July) & SECAmb are sending their thanks.



South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) would like to thank staff and volunteers, past and present, for their dedication and care as the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary (Thursday 5 July).

The Trust would also pays tribute to all its NHS colleagues and partner organisations for their commitment to patients, day-in, day-out.

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SECAmb staff and volunteers are involved in a variety of celebrations including a Garden Party at Westminster Abbey, special NHS parkruns across the region and featured in a special NHS 70 dedicated episode of Songs of Praise on the BBC.

The ambulance service has come a long way since its early days. Formed of Kent, Sussex and Surrey ambulance services in 2006, South East Coast Ambulance now employs more than 3,300 staff and handles in the region of 1 million 999 calls each year. Its NHS 111 staff in the area handle another 1 million calls each year.

Serving a resident population of close to five million, ambulance crews travel approximately 15 million miles each year. Its gender split is 49% female and 51% male and 89% of staff are directly engaged in responding to patients.

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said:

“I’m extremely proud to lead SECAmb and to be a part of the NHS celebrating 70 years. The ambulance service is a vital part of an amazing NHS which has helped or will help every single one of us at some point in our lives.

“While SECAmb may have come a long way since the early days of the ambulance service, I know that one thing remains constant and that is the dedication and care provided by staff and volunteers. I would like to thank every single one of them for their continued hard work.

“I’d also like to praise the support provided by their families. Being the support for someone working for the ambulance service is not an easy task, so thank you to them for everything they do. Finally I’d like to thank all NHS staff and our emergency service partners for their efforts to ensure our patients receive the care they need.

“It’s right that we celebrate this anniversary with pride and look forward to developing further as a service in the years and decades to come.”

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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.



In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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