HEALTH: We must all make a stand

Both as chairman of the Johnson Community Hospital League of Friends, and a district councillor, I share the concerns of the writer in last week’s Spalding Guardian regarding closing the ambulance station in Spalding.

We fought long and hard to get the new hospital in Spalding, along with the modern station.

To replace our existing team with one ambulance, maybe sited in Spalding, or maybe Market Deeping, or maybe Fosdyke, is bound, in my opinion, to disadvantage patients when they are in most need. The EMAS website indicates that they receive an average of 2,000 calls per day from the public dialing 999. They say that ALL NHS ambulance services must respond to 75 per cent of red emergency calls (the most serious and life threatening) within eight minutes.

Unfortunately we have all read in our local papers of recent incidents, in our own district, where, through no fault of the fantastic ambulance crews and paramedics, that time scale has not been met and serious consequences have ensued.

Another re-organisation based on finance and not the lives and welfare of our residents.

We all know that there is only so much money to go round, but I bet the frontline team of ambulance men and women, could come up with a better thought out plan.

We must all make a stand. I urge you to all write to EMAS (www.emas.nhs.uk/about-us/) and lodge your concerns and complaints.

Alternatively you can write to: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Trust Headquarters, 1 Horizon Place, Mellors Way, Nottingham Business Park, Nottingham NG8 6PY.

Lincolnshire County Council took responsibility for public health on April 1.

The council is responsible for the health scrutiny function, holding providers in Lincolnshire to account.

We need to make it clear that a reduced service is not acceptable.

South Holland has one of the fastest growing populations in the county and we should all be pushing for a fair share for our area.

Coun Angela Newton

Chairman Johnson Community Hospital League of Friends