New ambulance chief claims overworked staff are at “point of fatigue”

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Ambulance staff have been pushed to “the point of fatigue” according to their new chief executive.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Robert Morton - who took over at the East of England Ambulance Service on Monday, August 24 - said staff were being overworked.

He said: “I think we’ve pushed staff because of the targets to a point of fatigue.

“We don’t have enough people on the ground, we have issues around late finishes and staff are not getting meal breaks.”

Mr Morton took over as chief executive from Anthony Marsh having previously been in the same post at the National Ambulance Service in Ireland and the South Australian Ambulance Service.