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Ambulance service gets new chief
An NHS ambulance service has appointed a new chief executive to replace a man who retired following a serious injury.

Hayden Newton, 54, will lead the East of England Ambulance Service in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The appointment comes 10 months after Mr Newton stepped into the breach when former chief executive Dr Chris Carney suffered a serious spinal injury.

Dr Carney had to retire last month because of his injury.

Mr Newton, formerly chief executive of Kent Ambulance Service, led the Department of Health's project on introducing the new response time standards for ambulance services.

He said he was very excited about the huge task of bringing together a six-county ambulance service.

"I'm delighted to be taking up this challenge and would like to thank my predecessor for creating a service of such excellent clinical quality," he added.



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