Have your say at 
ambulance meeting

Have your say

Everyone is encouraged to come along to a meeting on Monday night to discuss and hear proposed changes to the ambulance service.

East Midlands Ambulance Service, known as Emas, wants to close 66 ambulance stations, including the one in South Road, in Bourne and has been consulting communities on its proposals in recent weeks but had not been scheduled to hold a meeting in Bourne.

However Bourne mayor Helen Powell, who has been to two consultations about the plans, felt the people of the town needed an opportunity to discuss the plans so fought for a meeting to be held.

The meeting will take place on Monday, at the Corn Exchange in Abbey Road, Bourne, starting at 7pm.

Coun Powell said: “I have been to two presentations so far and still not had suitable answers to some of the questions which were raised.

“As Mayor I knew I could call a meeting so as to let as many people know as possible about the consultation that is taking place at the moment.

“I called the meeting so that we could get as many people to know about EMAS’s plans and to distribute comment forms so they can be filled in and returned to EMAS before the consultation ends.”

Coun Powell has printed off 150 feedback forms for people to fill in and return to Emas before the consultation period ends on December 17.

Coun Powell said: “We need as many people as posible to come along but we want people to be positive.”

The meeting will be an opportunity to hear more from Emas staff, including chief executive Phil Milligan, about the proposals, ask questions and give feedback.

Coun Powell said: “We need to reinforce to the chief executive what Bourne needs and what is needed to enharnce the service we recieve from Emas in the future.”

Bourne town councillor Brenda Johnson has set up an action group to fight the closure of the stations and echoed the mayor’s sentiments that as many people as possible should attend the meeting on Monday.

Coun Johnson said “We want to encourage everyone to go along and voice their opinion and find out more about what is happening.

“I shall definitely be there and most of the members of the group will attend as well.

Emas wants to replace the ambulance stations with community posts and standby points.

Paramedics would begin and end their shifts at one of seven new hubs, with the nearest hub to Bourne proposed for Sleaford.

Anyone who can not get to the meeting can give feedback to Emas by telephoning 0800 917 9911