Ambulance service shake-up 'will put lives at risk' in Nottinghamshire
CONTROVERSIAL plans to close nearly every ambulance station in Notts could cost lives, it has been claimed.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) plans to close 12 of the 13 stations and replace them with two – one in Nottingham and one in Mansfield. Ambulances will then be stationed at 22 strategic standby points to wait for calls to come in.
Unison, the union representing paramedics, has raised fears over the plans. Regional organiser Corall Jenkins said: "Patients will suffer. The plans are flawed." She added that the move had "potential to cost lives."
EMAS says its existing stations are in need of major improvements.
Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive, said he also expects the plan to cut the time it takes for ambulances to reach an emergency. EMAS has missed its emergency response time target consistently for the past two years.
It is hoped EMAS will raise £29.8 million by selling off its stations in the East Midlands.
It will then spend £28.7 million on building 13 "super-stations". One super station will be created at the current King's Mill site in Mansfield.
The other will be in the centre of Nottingham. The Post can reveal that the ambulance service has been in talks with the fire service about taking over a site together off London Road.