Controversial Ambulance Talks

East Midlands Ambulance Service plan to close 66 stations across the region and set up 'super hubs' and standby points. The report into the response to the closures is being questioned.

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Controversial ambulance station closures

A decision on controversial plans to close ambulance stations acoss the East Midlands has been delayed for two months.

Last year East Midlands Ambulance Service put forward proposals to close sixty-six stations across the region and replace them with 'super-hubs'.

Thousands of people have attended protests and signed petitions against the plans. Ambulance bosses say they'll now look at alternative options.

Fears that the ambulance station closures will cost lives

Adele Mumby is a first respondent volunteer for the ambulance service Credit: ITV Central

A first respondent volunteer whose role is to serve local communities, arriving on the scene of an emergency before an ambulance can says new plans could cost lives.

The controversial plans are to close 66 ambulance stations around the East Midlands and instead set up 'super hubs' and standby points.

Adele Murphy says if volunteers are made to travel too far afield it will be too costly for them and as a result there will be fewer first respondents, which she says will put lives at risk.


Report into public response to closure of ambulance stations questioned by MP

Ambulance Credit: ITV Central

A report considering views given during a consultation into plans to change services by East Midlands Ambulance Service is being questioned by the Bassetlaw MP, John Mann.

The report looks at the responses from local people over plans to close 66 ambulance stations around the region and instead set up 'super hubs' and standby points.

The report says "most respondents support the change in principle" but John Mann says 19,000 people in his constituency have objected to the plans.

On Mr Mann's website he calls the report a “misrepresentation of the response to the consultation” and has suggested that “Such bias in representing the facts is simply unacceptable and is a breach of both NHS guidelines and legislation.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service says a decision won't be made today. It's an opportunity for the board to assess responses. A decision is expected at the end of the month.

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