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East Midlands Ambulance: Services 'coped with jubilee surge'

Ambulance crews saw a 25% rise in demand during part of the jubilee weekend, it has been revealed.

On 4 June, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) received 2,387 calls - a quarter more than a normal Monday, with many calls linked to alcohol.

Overall more than 9,000 calls were taken during the four days of celebration, 6% above normal.

EMAS bosses said extra resources meant they had met national response time targets despite the demand.

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Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive, said: "Whilst most members of the public were celebrating the Queen's Jubilee, it was business as usual for those on the frontline.

"We introduced additional resources to help us cope with the expected rise in demand and the fact we hit our targets shows we got it right."

The organisation has previously struggled to meet response targets and is currently planning a major reorganisation.

It has announced proposals to cut the number of its ambulance stations from 70 to 10 "hubs".

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