THE Bicester-based South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) says it will be more accountable to the public after becoming a foundation trust last week.
The new status means the ambulance service will have more freedom from central government control but will remain part of the NHS.
Chairman Trevor Jones said: “Achieving foundation trust status means that SCAS will be more accountable to local people and we will have more freedom to decide how to run and deliver our services.”
SCAS, based in Talisman Road, will now be known as the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
An independent monitor will oversee the trust. SCAS began the foundation trust process in 2010, which involved recruiting 8,000 public members and a council of governors.