Calls for Lincolnshire to have its own ambulance service

CALLS for Lincolnshire to have its own dedicated ambulance service have been sounded by a leading councillor.

Coun Christine Talbot, chairman of the Health Scrutiny Commitee for Lincolnshire County Council, has written to Health Minister Andrew Lansley in response to last week’s East Midlands Ambulance Service decision to close a number of local stations including Louth.

She said a county service would be ‘in the best interests of Lincolnshire residents’.

She told Mr Lansley that recent initiatives ‘do not seem to have had any significant improvement’ on performance.

Coun Talbot pointed to 88 and 86 per cent response times (April/May 2012) for category A19 calls, compared with the national target of 95 per cent.

“I’d request the Department of Health begin some initial work on the feasibility of the reintroduction of a Lincolnshire Ambulance Service,” she added.

What do you think? Should Lincolnshire have its own service, or are we already served well enough as part of East Midlands?

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