Union calls on East Midlands Ambulance Service to halt revamp proposals

Paramedics trade union GMB has called on East Midlands Ambulance Service to ‘put the brakes’ on their radical revamp plans to allow for more consultation.

Consultations ended last week on the plans which 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’.

GMB say before anything is implemented a further round of consultation is needed with much more detail being available to make ‘informed suggestions’.

GMB has published its final submission to the East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust’s Being The Best proposals.

Colin Todd GMB organiser, said: “GMB is not against changes. However, a lot more work needs to be done on these proposals before they are implemented.

“GMB feel there is too much too soon and the brakes should be applied.

“We feel that before anything is implemented that a further round of public and staff consultation is needed with much more detail being available so we can make informed suggestions.”

Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive said: “Our proposals are designed to improve our service for patients and staff, and the three month consultation has given staff, local people and organisations the opportunity to help shape plans.

“A report on all the feedback will be presented to our trust board in January.

We will then discuss our proposals in light of this feedback at our board meeting on January 28.”