Last call to meeting to help to save ambulance stations

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Residents in south Lincolnshire are being urged to make the most of the final opportunity to meet officials wishing to cut number of ambulance stations in the area.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is preparing to face the public at the Corn Exchange in Abbey Road, Bourne, on Monday – in spite of a poor turnout to nine meetings held across the county since the 90-day consultation began.

Spalding’s meeting at the South Holland Centre earlier this month was only attended by about four people, including two ambulance service staff, according to Coun Chris Brewis, of the Lincolnshire County Council’s health scrutiny committee.

Coun Brewis, a member of the working party preparing a document addressing the proposals to be submitted to EMAS, said: “I’d urge everyone to attend this meeting and make their concerns heard.

“Under the current system, the ambulance service would not meet its targets if it were not for the support of First Responders and Fire and Rescue.

“In the new proposals there would not be enough hubs to serve a county the size of Lincolnshire.”

Ambulance service chiefs want to create 13 hubs to replace 66 ambulance stations across the East Midlands and have 131 tactical deployment points where crews will be on standby.

Monday’s meeting in Bourne starts at 7pm with consultation ending on December 17.