A trauma expert was today appointed the new boss of the London Ambulance Service after more than 500 paramedics backed a campaign to get her the job.
Dr Fionna Moore, the LAS’s medical director, was confirmed as chief executive after six months as its interim head and immediately pledged to reduce pressure on staff.
The service last year saw response times fall to the slowest in the country as it battled against a soaring number of emergency calls and an exodus of staff.
Dr Moore, a consultant at Charing Cross hospital and the first London trauma director, said: “The last 18 months have been challenging for all our staff, particularly for those working on the front line and in our control room.
“We’ve started to see improvements and one of my priorities is to continue to reduce pressure on staff so we can improve our response to all our patients.”
LAS chairman Richard Hunt said: “The final panel was in complete agreement about the decision to offer Fionna the role. She is a highly experienced leader and is always passionate about patient care.
“Having worked for the Service for 17 years, Fionna knows the organisation well, recognises the challenges we face and is already taking steps to improve patient care and the working lives of our staff.”
Dr Moore, who is married with four adult children, does regular clinical shifts on ambulances, in fast-response cars and with London’s Air Ambulance. She joined LAS as medical director in 1997.
Mick Butler, GMB branch secretary, said the “right candidate” had been selected. “Staff have confidence in Fionna as the leader of London Ambulance Service,” he said.