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Mat Westhorpe
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I started writing as a hobby, now it's paying the bills. Fingers crossed I can keep it that way.
I started writing as a hobby, now it's paying the bills. Fingers crossed I can keep it that way.

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Who Cares for the Carers?
Last week, I was invited to speak at the NHS Pathways National Partnership Forum, a gathering of 111 providers, clinical commissioning group representatives, technicians and policy-makers who are focused on improving the telephone assessment service. I took...

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Dear Ambulance Staff: Six 111 Myths and Misconceptions
Dear frontline ambulance colleagues, After 12 years of responding to 999 calls and subsequently watching from the sidelines as family and friends continue to do so, I am only too aware of the ever increasing pressures and the ongoing erosion of the ambulanc...

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Does NHS 111 Work?
NHS 111 services sit in the eye of a nationwide healthcare storm. Amidst a chaotic vortex of hospitals in special measures, funding and resource concerns, escalating demand, demoralised healthcare staff and belligerent health ministers, the public continues...

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Mission to Parliament: What Has Anthony Marsh Ever Done For Us?
Chloe Smith (Con), Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) and Daniel Zeichner (Lab) accept the petition from Fraer Stevenson Earlier this week, a group of East of England ambulance staff travelled to Westminster to deliver a petition appealing for better working conditions ...

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The Fight for Positive Change in Ambulance Trust Culture Needs You
In a country of beleaguered ambulance Trusts facing staffing shortages, pay freezes and dwindling resources, things are looking bleak right now for employees and the public alike. But there is a glimmer of hope. After a desperate few years, East of England ...

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Saturday's #EndAusterityNow March in Pictures
My thoughts on and reasons for attending the protest against the current government ideology can be read in my previous post , but as I spent much of my time taking snaps of the assembled masses (until my battery died), I thought I'd share some here. As I e...

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Joining the Anti-Austerity March: Can it Make a Difference?
I maintain this blog because I feel strongly that ambulance clinicians are increasingly being mistreated and taken for granted by the organisations they work for, by the public and ultimately by the government. The intolerable impact of of this growing disr...

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Eddie Daly Outcome Supporting Narrative
[This article is a supporting document to the article 'The Facts Which Informed the Decision to Sack Eddie Daly and an Appeal to Jason Killens'. Names of junior personnel have been redacted at the request of LAS.] EDDY DALY OUTCOME - 3rd JUNE 2014 1. Thank ...

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Eddie Daly's Outcome of Disciplinary Hearing Letter
[This article is a supporting document to the article 'The Facts Which Informed the Decision to Sack Eddie Daly and an Appeal to Jason Killens'] 12 June 2014 Dear Mr Daly Outcome of disciplinary hearing I write to confirm the outcome of the disciplinary hea...

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The Facts Which Informed the Decision to Sack Eddie Daly and an Appeal to Jason Killens
In the wake of my investigation into Eddie Daly's dismissal, which seems to suggest that staff welfare plays a very distant second to other priorities upheld by LAS senior management, Jason Killens, LAS Director of Operations and chair of the disciplinary h...
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