Ambulance service plan is approved

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A proposal to keep open two ambulance stations that serve the Isle has been rubber stamped today.

Bosses at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) green lighted the ‘Being the Best’ plan, which will see stations in Scunthorpe and Gainsborough remain open.

Both had originally been earmarked for closure.

As part of the approved scheme, the region will be served by nine hub stations, 19 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations.

Phil Milligan, chief executive of EMAS, said: “Today our Trust Board met to discuss the final recommendation put forward for our ‘Being the Best’ change programme.

“This programme sets out how we will improve response times across the East Midlands and ensure that we are providing the right care.

“The changes will be better for staff, with more support and time to care for patients – not vehicles.“

He added: “The final recommendation was created after three months of consultation, and a further two and a half months of engagement allowing our staff and the public including other health care providers, councillors and MPs, to have their say and help to shape our plans.

“The way we operate now is simply not delivering the performance that local people deserve and national government expects.

“The aim of our ‘Being the Best’ programme has always been to improve response times to emergency 999 calls and to improve the working lives of our frontline staff.”