EMAS delay decision over controversial ambulance proposals

East Midlands Ambulance Service.
East Midlands Ambulance Service.

East Midlands Ambulance Service have delayed the decision over whether to implement their controversial ‘Being the Best’ proposals.

At a board meeting on Thursday, EMAS resolved to ‘look at additional options’, including further analysis over the ‘EMAS estate’, or location of the new stations.

A decision now looks likely to be made in March.

The plans include the closure of Louth Ambulance Station along with 54 others in favour of 12 large hubs, the nearest at Skegness, as well as 131 roadside ‘community ambulance posts’.

An EMAS spokesperson said: “As part of our commitment to involve staff and the public we carried out a consultation exercise. It’s encouraging that so many people across the region feel passionately about the Ambulance Service and have been able to have their say in shaping the proposals to improve response times and patient care.

“As a direct result of the feedback from the consultation, we are now looking at additional options which will allow us to meet our ‘Being the Best’ ambitions.

The Estates Business Case will now go to the March 25 board meeting rather than January 28, EMAS say that the additional time ‘will allow us to continue to work closely with staff representatives to review the alternative options with the aim of developing final proposals’.