The consultation at the heart of proposals to radically revamp the East Midlands Ambulance Service comes to an end at 5pm on Monday.
The plans include the ‘closure’ of stations across the area including Louth in favour of the use of 13 hubs, the closest being at Skegness, and 131 community ambulance posts.
The proposals have been roundly unwelcome in the Louth area. They have been slammed at a number of council meetings as well as a public meeting held in the town by EMAS, and local residents launched a petition with over 3,000 names to keep Louth’s station.
The full cost of the project to the taxpayer will be £29million.
Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service’s chief executive said: “Since the launch of our consultation we have attended over 150 meetings where we have presented our proposals, listened to the thoughts and views of the public and answered their questions.
“We also encouraged people who couldn’t or didn’t want to attend a meeting to send their views via email, the online feedback form or by using the free phone telephone number. People have taken this opportunity and I thank them for their time and commitment to helping us make the right changes.
“We have been very clear that fundamental changes are needed in order for East Midlands Ambulance Service to improve the way it works, meets the performance standards and importantly provides quality care and a timely response to 999 calls.
“The consultation runs until 5pm hours on Monday December 17 and I urge anyone who has not yet done so to read our proposals, get informed and then submit their views so they can help us to improve the emergency ambulance service we provide.”
The consultation document is available online, as is the feedback form at www.emas.nhs.uk and people can also give feedback via the email firstname.lastname@example.org and free phone 0800 917 9911.
On January 10, the EMAS Trust Board will hold an extraordinary meeting to review the report which will detail the feedback received during the consultation and though no decisions will be made at this meeting, it is an opportunity for the Board to review and take note of the responses received.
On Monday, January 28 the final plans will be reviewed and discussed at the Trust Board meeting.