Council leader voices ambulance concerns

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A council leader is seeking urgent talks with the head of the county’s ambulance service to discuss controversial cost-cutting plans.

Derbyshire County Council leader Cllr Andrew Lewer has written to Phil Milligan, chief executive at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), over proposals for its future.

EMAS has launched a major consultation on the plans which could see the closure of 16 ambulance stations including Matlock and Bakewell.

Bosses said so-called “super stations” would be built in Chesterfield and Derby and crews would be based at community ambulance posts.

But Cllr Lewer has voiced concerns over response times, stating: “We believe it is vital that emergency services are delivered effectively and efficiently throughout the area and to all our communities.

“We would not support or want to see some of our more rural communities disadvantaged by slower ambulance response times.”

Mr Milligan claimed the plans would help improve response rates and provide a better service. To have your say on the plans, visit www.emas.nhs.uk, email beingthebest@emas.co.uk or call 0800 917 9911.