The East Midlands Ambulance Service has been discussed in a debate about NHS targets for ambulance response times.
People in the East Midlands have until tonight to make their views known on proposed changes to ambulance services in the region.
East Midlands Ambulance Service plan to close 66 stations as part of a consultation that starts today.
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.
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.
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.
Residents living in the East Midlands have until the end of today to have their say on the future of ambulance services in the region.
Proposals include closing 66 ambulance stations and replacing them with 13 purpose-built 'superhubs' and 128 community ambulance posts.
It's hoped these changes will help improve response times and make the service more efficient and effective.
The GMB have written to the Chairman of the Board of the East Midlands Ambulance Service with a Vote of No Confidence in CEO, Phil Milligan due to the way he is leading the current consultation called 'Being the Best'.
– Colin Todd, Regional Organiser
"GMB members are angry and frustrated at the proposal itself and the lack of any evidence to support claims that this will improve the service to the public."
They serve more than four million people across the region, and now two of those people have said a very special thank-you to East Midlands Ambulance Service for their life-saving skills.
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