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Ambulance chiefs quit after probe

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The ambulance service said a return to work would have been impossible

The chief executive and operations director of the Scottish Ambulance Service have resigned in the wake of bullying allegations.

Kevin Doran and Grace Kennedy have been on leave while the allegations made by two employees have been investigated.

However, a statement from the service said it had been agreed that a return to work for both would be impossible.

It said the pair resigned "in the best interests of all concerned". Details of the allegations are not known.

A spokesperson for the service said: "Following receipt of allegations made by two employees of the Scottish Ambulance Service against the chief executive, Kevin Doran and the operations director, Grace Kennedy, the service conducted a thorough investigation into those allegations.

"During the course of the investigation Mr Doran and Mrs Kennedy have been absent from work on leave.

"In the best interests of all concerned it has been agreed that they should pursue their respective careers outwith the service and Mr Doran and Mrs Kennedy have therefore resigned from the service."

'Constructive dialogue'

Jimmy Farrelly, senior organiser with the Unite union, said: "We welcome the fact that these issues have been finally resolved.

"We did raise a range of concerns and it's quite significant that the relationship between the unions and the service have significantly improved over the past six months, in the period of time since the senior members of staff were on garden leave.

"I think it's important to move forward and get into the constructive dialogue that existed beforehand."

He said he did not believe structural change was necessary but that "the obsession with targets and statistics has to be replaced by a better understanding that clinical outcomes are paramount for the service".

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