the head of Yorkshire Ambulance Service has stepped down after handing in his resignation, it has been announced.
David Whiting has been chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) for four years.
The organisation is currently struggling to meet national response time targets of attending 75 per cent of the most serious calls within eight minutes – figures for the year so far show just under 70 per cent of emergencies are reached in time.
Management have also been embroiled in a long-running dispute with members of the Unite union, who have staged a series of strikes.
Mr Whiting said: “I have been proud to lead the organisation and, with new challenges and exciting opportunities ahead, I believe YAS will benefit from a change of leadership bringing fresh ideas and insights to keep YAS moving in the right direction. From a personal point of view, I feel it is also right for me to pursue new challenges and opportunities.”
Current deputy chief executive Rod Barnes will take over the role on an interim basis.