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MP slams “shambolic” ambulance meeting

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Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has voiced fears over controversial plans to axe scores of ambulance stations.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has launched a major consultation on the proposals which could see the closure of 16 stations across Derbyshire, including in Ripley, Alfreton, Matlock and Bakewell.

Bosses said so-called “super stations” would be built in Chesterfield and Derby and crews would be based at community ambulance posts.

Labour MP Mr Perkins said: “People are bound to be concerned about this proposed shake-up resulting in slower response times.”

But Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive, claimed the radical plans would help improve response rates and provide a better service.

Just one person attended a public consultation meeting about the proposals in Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

Mr Perkins claimed EMAS had not properly advertised the “shambolic” event.

The service has promised to hold another meeting in Chesterfield.

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

To get involved in the talks, log on to www.emas.nhs.uk, email beingthebest@emas.co.uk or call 0800 917 9911.

 

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