Ambulance boss steps down after battling 'severe coronavirus'
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
The chief executive of the region's ambulance service has stepped down after battling Covid-19.
Dorothy Hosein, who took over leadership at the East of England Ambulance Service in 2018, said she is still recovering from the illness in a message to staff on Wednesday.
Employees were informed of the news in an email from trust chair Nicola Scrivings which recognised changes in leadership can be "unsettling", adding that current medical director Dr Tom Davis will continue as interim CEO until a replacement is found.
Announcing her decision to step down, Ms Hosein told staff: "This is not easy as I have enjoyed my time with you, and am proud of the work you do every day.
"However, I have recently suffered from ill health, including a severe bout of Covid-19 from which I am still recovering, so it is with great sadness that I have decided to relinquish my post to focus on my recovery.
You may also want to watch:
"Staff are at the heart of the service, and it has been an absolute pleasure working with employees of EEAST. As many of you know it has been really important to me to try and demonstrate my commitment and passion for better engagement with staff, and I hope that you have seen this over the past two years."
She went on to say she felt proud of the improvements made by the service in recent months, including a strong response to Covid-19 in 2020.
- 1 Drive-in cinema, comedy and music coming to Hertfordshire Showground
- 2 New community hub set to become a reality at last
- 3 Residents' misery after disruption on former Butterfly World site
- 4 Call for 20mph speed limits across district wins council support
- 5 CCTV appeal after £100,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack
- 6 Harpenden receives high praise from Health Secretary over vaccine
- 7 Special report: An insight into dog theft in Hertfordshire
- 8 Work set to begin on new Clarence Park playground
- 9 Tributes paid following death of 'warm and polite' Redbourn councillor
- 10 St Albans named among UK's million-pound property hotspots
The trust was rocked by a highly critical Care Quality Commission inspection in September 2020, in which the watchdog uncovered allegations of bullying and sexual harassment.
A total of 13 employees were referred to the police for their behaviour.
Following the publication of the report, Ms Hosein and her fellow leaders vowed to make improvements at the service.
However, the CEO had been off on sick leave since the end of September with Dr Davis taking over her duties.