Mr Newton had met with North Norfolk Labour Party leaders to discuss cuts in north Norfolk just days before he announced to the board on 1 October that he was taking early retirement.
North Norfolk Labour Party believes this is a further example of our local ambulance service in crisis following government cuts, and will continue to fight for a better service.
Their petition continues to gather public support and over 6500 people have signed so far.
Earlier this week the party revealed that the Trust plans to move forward with a shake-up of ambulance rotas this month, but will be looking at the 56 fewer hours of ambulance in North Walsham very closely on a monthly basis.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“The shock departure of Hayden Newton demonstrates that the ambulance service is in crisis.
It needs effective stable leadership and proper funding to deliver a better service, not fewer ambulances and more cuts.
We expect the trust to deliver on the improvements promised by Mr Newton and look forward to working with his successor to meet the growing demand in north Norfolk.”