Have your say on station axe plans

Chiefs are urging residents to get involved in a major consultation on plans to close scores of ambulance stations.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has launched talks on the controversial proposals which could see the closure of 16 stations across Derbyshire, including in Matlock, Bakewell, Ripley and Alfreton,.

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

Phil Milligan, EMAS chief executive, claimed the radical plans would help improve response times and provide a better service.

He said: “These proposals have been developed with our clinical colleagues and will ensure that we provide the best possible emergency and urgent care for all those living and working in the area.

“We’re really keen to hear everyone’s thoughts and ideas on these plans.”

Dr James Gray, EMAS medical director, added: “Our current buildings are in need of major repairs and refurbishment.

“Some were built 50 years ago and aren’t in the best place to allow us to respond quickly nor are they based in the right places to achieve the most effective service.”

To take part in the three-month consultation, log on to www.emas.nhs.uk, email beingthebest@emas.co.uk or call 0800 917 9911.

And residents will be able to comment on the proposals at a series of up-and-coming public meetings.

The consultation will run until Monday, December 17.