Thousands sign ambulance petition in Northamptonshire

More than 3,500 people have signed a petition opposing plans to reduce the number of ambulance stations in Northamptonshire.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) wants to cut the number of its bases in the county from nine to two.

Nearly 90 people attended a meeting in Daventry to discuss the proposals with EMAS on Monday.

Wendy Randall, who organised the petition, said Daventry would be "without cover" under the new plans.

'Only one team'

"The main concern that people had here was that we would be left without cover for this side of the district," Mrs Randall said.

"We want a station kept open in Daventry. At least that way we might have a chance of getting a bit more coverage here."

Alan Brooks, from the union Unison, said signatures had been collected throughout the East Midlands and they would be passed on to the government on 12 December.

He said: "The union thinks the cover in Daventry and other rural areas would decrease.

Feedback considered

"At the moment there are at least two cars and an ambulance available to be dispatched in the area.

"Because the new ambulance posts are only designed for one crew, it would mean that there was only one team available for the district instead of three."

The 66 ambulance stations across the East Midland region would be replaced with 13 "hubs" and 118 community ambulance posts under the plan.

EMAS said the hubs would be larger than the current ambulance stations and include training facilities.

In a statement, EMAS chief executive Phil Milligan said: "We made a commitment to work closely with our staff and unions on this issue, and all feedback received from our consultation exercise will be considered.

"If the evidence is compelling, we will consider revising our proposals."

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