Have a say now on 999 plans

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A CONSULTATION has begun into plans to close 66 ambulance stations across the region, including Spalding.

East Midlands Ambulance Service is to ask the public their views on its Being the Best proposals, which would see the stations replaced with 131 community ambulance posts and 13 purpose-built hibs.

The nearest hub to Spalding would be Algarkirk.

The proposed closures have prompted concerns already among many, but the ambulance service believe it would be a positive step towards getting patients the “right care, right place, first time”.

EMAS medical director Dr James Gray said: “The changes we are proposing are all about improving our performance, that is, how quickly we respond to all life-threatening 999 calls.

“To provide the fastest response we have to make simple decisions.

“Do we spend our money on buildings or frontline services? Do we design services to cut out the waste, so that our clinicians have more time to spend on patient care?

“Our emergency ambulances are our mobile emergency treatment centres. The more money we spend on the vehicles and our colleagues who work on the frontline, the better.”

The consultation document is now available online at http://www.emas.nhs.uk/get-involved/being-the-best-consultation/ or by e-mailing beingthebest@emas.nhs.uk. The consultation closes on December 17.