Plans to restructure East Midlands Ambulance Service have been approved.
It will mean fewer main ambulance stations but smaller community ambulance sites, many of which could be shared with existing emergency services.
The approval plans are for 28 main ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations which will be sites where staff can rest between jobs.
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Mr Thompson said it would pose a "challenge" before adding, "it's emergency funding and we'll use it really wisely".
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