Stamford Town Council joins fight for county 999 service

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Councillors have vowed to support calls by a health committee to bring back Lincolnshire’s own ambulance service after.

Stamford Town Council was informed that Lincolnshire’s health scrutiny committee is pushing for a dedicated ambulance service to the county at its meeting on Tuesday and members voted to unanimously to support their actions.

Coun Maureen Jalili said: “We should support the call for Lincolnshire to have its own ambulance service. We have had a very poor service from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

“After all their consultations Emas is still not promising to meet its targets so what is the point of having gone through all this?”

Stamford mayor Bob Sandall called the service delivered by Emas “diabolical” before the council agreed to send a letter of support.

Emas announced last month the results of its consultation to close ambulance stations across the county, including those in Stamford, Oakham and Bourne.

They will be replaced by nine central hubs, 19 smaller stations and 108 community ambulance posts.

One of the smaller stations would be in Market Deeping.

Lincolnshire’s health scrutiny committee, made up of eight county and seven district councillors, is writing to the Secretary of State to demand a review of the East Midlands Ambulance Service consultation, which it describes as “flawed”.

The committee decided to write to Jeremy Hunt MP after expressing concerns over the service’s consultation process and ambulance response times.

The scrutiny committee eventually hopes to return to a dedicated ambulance service for Lincolnshire.