Ambulance stations closures

East Midlands Ambulance Service is to announce controversial plans to close ambulance stations across the East Midlands. Earlier this month, ITV News Central learnt that EMAS backed down on plans to close around 13 stations.

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Full report: East Midlands ambulance plans approved

Plans have been approved for controversial changes to ambulance services in the East Midlands, which will mean fewer regular ambulance stations.

Last week East Midlands Ambulance backed down on plans to close Hinckley in Leicestershire, but today it confirmed that scores of older sites will be shut.

The Trust says a system of using hubs has already been a success in parts of the West Midlands.

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Planned changes are aimed at improving response times, says EMAS Chief Exec

The Chief Executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service has told a board meeting that proposed changes are aimed at improving response times and improving the working lives of frontline staff.

The Service provides emergency 999 and urgent care across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

It currently employs around 2,700 staff at more than 70 locations.

Members of the trust's board are discussing in depth their concerns over major restructuring plans, which will be decided this afternoon.

Campaign group attend EMAS meeting over possible ambulance stations closures

A decision is due later today over potential ambulance stations closures Credit: ITV News Central

Members of the "Save Our Services" campaign group have also attended this morning's East Midlands Ambulance Service meeting.

They have held protests against the proposed changes, which could see several ambulance stations close.

The GMB Union has described the proposals as "reckless, ridiculous and foolish".

It also claims that the changes will not improve response times and will isolate communities.

Members of the Ambulance Trust Board are currently discussing the plans.

A decision is due later today.

EMAS meeting over potential ambulance stations closures begins

A meeting has started in Nottinghamshire to finalise major restructuring plans for ambulance services in the East Midlands.

The Trust wants to reduce the number of ambulance stations and instead create several "hubs".

Members of the East Midlands Ambulance board are discussing the proposals at King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield.

Campaigners have voiced concerns over the proposed changes. In some communities protests have been held and residents have signed petitions in an attempt to keep their local ambulance stations open.

East Midlands Ambulance Service to announce plans that could see ambulance station closures

East Midlands Ambulance Service wants to create 'super stations' Credit: PA

A decision is due today on controversial plans that could see ambulance stations closed across the East Midlands.

East Midlands Ambulance Service wants to create 'super stations' and close smaller ones.

Unison is campaigning against the plan, and is due to protest outside the meeting that is being held this morning.

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EMAS backs down on 13 proposed station closures

13 EMAS stations were planned to be closed by the Trust Credit: ITV News Central

ITV News Central has learnt that East Midlands Ambulance Service has backed down on plans to close around 13 ambulance stations in the region.

There has been widespread anger at the Trust's proposals to shut dozens of sites and create a network of hubs.

Following a public consultation, the Trust is now planning to retain stations in towns including Hinckley, Eastwood, Worksop and Grantham.

The Trust will make a final decision at a meeting later this month.

Campaigners against plans to close stations Credit: ITV News Central
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