Last chance to have your say on Emas consultation

Have your say

It is the last chance for members of the public to have their say on changes to the ambulance service as the consultation closes on Monday.

East Midlands Ambulance Service, known as Emas, has been consulting on plans to close its 66 ambulance stations, including those in Ryhall Road, Stamford, South Road, Bourne and Station Road, Oakham, and replace them with 118 community posts and standby points, since September.

Public meetings with representatives from Emas have been held in Stamford, Bourne and Rutland over the past couple of months.

Emas representatives twice visited Stamford.

On October 31 a heated consultation meeting was held in a packed room at the business centre at The George Hotel in High Street St Martins.

Many of the 70-plus people who attended were not happy with the proposals. Town and county councillors and members of the public spoke out against the plans.

Emas returned to Stamford on November 27 to address Stamford Town Council at Stamford Queen Eleanor School.

Councillors called on the ambulance service to rethink its plans to replace ambulance stations with standby posts.

About 90 people attended a meeting at the Bourne Corn Exchange on November 26.

The main concern was that the proposed plans would see the ambulance serving the Bourne area based at Morton rather than in the town.

Members of the public pointed out this was particularly concerning considering the projected growth of Bourne’s population because of building projects like the Elsea Park estate.

In Rutland a meeting was held at the Anglian Watch Bird Watching Centre in Egleton on October 9.

Last week one Emas paramedic who has operated in the Stamford, Bourne and Rutland area for much of his career raised serious concerns about the plans saying it will reduce cover in rural areas.

Paramedics would begin and end their shifts at one of seven new hubs, with the nearest to the Mercury area in Sleaford and Leicester. The service says the new standby points would allow crews to rest between calls.

To give feedback before the consultation ends call 0800 9179911.