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Government names Yorkshire's new ambulance chief

[Tuesday 23 May 2006]

FOLLOWING last weeks announcement that the Government intends to push ahead with the merger of ambulance services across the country, the Department of Health has today named the Chief Executive of the new Yorkshire Ambulance Trust.

Government names Yorkshire Ambulance boss

Jayne Barnes - currently the head of the Tees East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service (TENYAS) - will take over at the new organisation when it becomes operational on July 1st.

The appointment follows a major reorganisation of ambulance services across England. Following a three month consultation exercise, it was decided that from July there will be 12 NHS ambulance trusts in England, with many of the existing 29 trusts merging into larger regional organisations.

By creating fewer larger ambulance trusts, the Government believes there will be less bureaucracy, more money to invest in front line services and better care for patients.

Health Minister, Lord Warner, said: "Organisational changes are necessary to create more strategic capability. The boundary changes that were recommended will create larger organisations that will be better equipped to meet the challenges faced by a 21st century service."

Jayne Barnes became the Chief Executive of TENYAS in 2003. She is also currently Chairperson of the Ambulance Service Association (ASA). Jayne joined the NHS 28 years ago, qualifying as a nurse at Leeds General Infirmary before progressing to Nursing Officer at St James's Infirmary in Leeds. She then held a number of NHS management positions, progressing to Executive Chief Nurse at Calderdale Healthcare in Halifax.

Jayne moved to West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (WYMAS) in 1998 to develop NHS Direct in West Yorkshire.

The new Yorkshire Ambulance Trust will encompass most of the area currently served by TENYAS, as well as WYMAS and the South Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

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