SOUTH Central Ambulance Service has been awarded foundation trust status.
The service will now have greater independence from the government and more control over how its money is spent.
But the newly-named South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will still be subject to NHS standards, performance ratings and inspections.
It has already recruited 8,000 members since launching its bid for foundation status at the end of 2010.
But the trust, which covers Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, now wants to recruit an extra 4,000 people by March 2013.
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.
‘We look forward to working with members and our newly elected governors in developing our future strategy and service development.’
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