EMAS prepares to decide on future of area’s ambulance cover

East Midlands Ambulance Service insist their service 'has got to change' as it prepares to make a final decision on its controversial Being the Best programme.
East Midlands Ambulance Service insist their service 'has got to change' as it prepares to make a final decision on its controversial Being the Best programme.

East Midlands Ambulance Service insist their service ‘has got to change’ as it prepares to make a final decision on its controversial Being the Best programme.

EMAS has published papers for its Trust Board meeting held in public on March 25, where a final verdict on its plans to modernise will be made.

The original plans included the closure of Louth’s ambulance station in favour of 131 ‘tactical deployment units’, using 13 main ‘hubs’ including Skegness and Lincoln, with the rest of the stations being closed.

But earlier this month it emerged that EMAS had been swayed by feedback from their wave of consultations, and the latest plans include keeping Louth open as one of 17 ambulance stations, alongside 11 ‘superhubs’ and 108 community stations.

Campaigners in Louth had presented a petition to EMAS with over 3,000 signatures calling for the town’s station to be kept open.

Commenting on the publication of the board papers, EMAS chief executive Phil Milligan said: “The aim of our Being the Best change programme has always been to improve response times to emergency 999 calls and to improve the working lives of our frontline staff.

“I am pleased our staff, and the people and organisations who have an interest in the service we provide have taken the time to be involved, to have their say and help to shape our plans.

“In the true spirit of consultation, that is what has happened.

“We’ve listened to the responses received during the consultation and we’ve developed and shaped our plans using that feedback.

“Our service has got to change if we are to improve. The decision we make on Monday has to be right for our patients and right for our staff.

“I am confident that we will get it right for the people of the East Midlands.”

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