Speak up on ambulance station cuts

SET TO CLOSE? The East Midlands Ambulance Service base on Annesley Road in Hucknall.

SET TO CLOSE? The East Midlands Ambulance Service base on Annesley Road in Hucknall.

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BOSSES are urging Hucknall residents to get involved in a major consultation on plans to close scores of ambulance stations.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has launched talks on the controversial proposals, which could see the closure many stations, including the one on Annesley Road in the town.

Bosses say so-called ‘super stations’ would be built and crews would be based at community ambulance posts.

Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive, claims the radical plans would help improve response times and provide a better service.

He said: “These proposals have been developed with our clinical colleagues and will ensure that we provide the best possible emergency and urgent care for all those living and working in the area.

“We’re really keen to hear everyone’s thoughts and ideas on these plans.”

Dr James Gray, EMAS medical director, added: “Our current buildings are in need of major repairs and refurbishment.

“Some were built 50 years ago and aren’t in the best place to allow us to respond quickly, nor are they based in the right places to achieve the most effective service.”

Despite this, unions have heavily criticised the plans amid fears they will actually have a negative impact on the service.

To take part in the three-month consultation, which runs until Monday December 17, log on to www.emas.nhs.uk, email beingthebest@emas.co.uk or call 0800 917 9911.

Residents will also be able to comment on the proposals at a series of up-and-coming public meetings.

n HAVE you got a view on the controversial plans? If so, drop us an e-mail at newsdesk@hucknall-dispatch.co.uk.