Boss of Isle ambulance service leaves

EMAS Chief Executive Phil Milligan.
EMAS Chief Executive Phil Milligan.
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The boss of the ambulance service which serves the Isle of Axholme is leaving his role.

Phil Milligan is stepping aside after spending nearly two years as chief executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS).

He said: “I joined EMAS to make a difference. With the plans in place and progress made I am proud to leave EMAS in a much stronger position.

“I am looking forwards to spending more time with my family; the role of chief executive has been very demanding and has required very long hours to make the progress necessary.

“It is time for me to take a back seat for a while and to leave the driving to someone else.

“Clinical care and overall response times are the best they have been for some time thanks to the ‘Being the Best’ programme. I’d like to thank my colleagues at EMAS for their support and hard work in continuing to deliver this important change programme.”

Mr Milligan’s departure follows an NHS career which spanned more than 30 years.

He first joined the service in 1981 as a nurse in the Midlands before going on to take senior roles in both the NHS acuteand private healthcare sectors.

Jon Sargeant, director of finance and performance, will take his place in the interim until a successor is appointed.

Jon Towler, chairman of the EMAS board said: “Phil led the organisation through a time of significant change. He leaves EMAS in a considerably better shape and with a clear plan for the future.

“The whole board extends its thanks for the improvements made and wishes him well for the future.”

Rakesh Marwaha, chief executive of Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s thanks to Phil that the ‘Being the Best’ programme came about.

“It is necessary in order to transform EMAS into an organisation that can give the most effective service to patients in the East Midlands.”