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East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust suspends members of staff following alleged misuse of social media



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The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has suspended members of its workforce following allegations they have misused social media.

An investigation has been launched following reports of the alleged misconduct, with a memo also sent to trust staff reminding them of their conduct online and in social media groups.

It is unclear how many staff members are involved or whether they are based in Suffolk.

East of England Ambulance Service chief Tom Abell. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service
East of England Ambulance Service chief Tom Abell. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service

Tom Abell, chief executive of the trust, said it was 'not representative of EEAST'.

“We have acted swiftly against some staff who are alleged to have misused social media," he said in a statement. "I cannot give further details at this stage due to the ongoing investigation.

“However, I am clear that we rightly have the highest expectations of our staff.

"This kind of alleged behaviour is unacceptable and falls far short of our values. It is not representative of EEAST as a whole and of the many staff who carry out their roles to a high professional standard.”

A spokesperson added that they have made attempts to combat deep-rooted cultural issues within the organisation over the last year.

These steps include providing detailed guidance and training for staff about acceptable conduct, strengthening their disciplinary process and making significant progress in resolving historic formal complaints.