Fight is on to save ambulance stations

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A TOWN councillor is calling for plans to close Bourne ambulance station and 64 others to be abandoned.

The ambulance station in South Road, 65 other stations and 153 standby points could close as part of plans approved by the board of East Midlands Ambulance Service on Monday.

They would be replaced by 131 tactical deployments points, where amenities for the crews are available, and 13 centralised hubs to support the crews and ambulances.

The ambulance service said the service needs to change to meet response targets and that the existing ambulance stations are in poor condition and empty most of the time.

But Bourne town councillor Brenda Johnson has questioned how it service plans to improve response times by moving stations out of the town.

The nearest tactical deployment point to Bourne would be in Morton.

Coun Johnson said: “It is unbelievable, I think it is the first step on a slippery slope. At the moment they are relying on voluntary services, like first responders, to keep up an important life saving facility.”

Coun Johnson, who works as a scheme manager for supported housing, often requires ambulance services for her job and says ambulances take too long to respond to non life-threatening calls.

Coun Johnson said that until more ambulance crews are stationed locally the response times are never going to improve.

“We have got to fight to keep our ambulance stations. We can’t keep rolling over and keep letting them chip away at the service,” she said.

Public consultation will be held in September.