U-turn decision on ambulance service welcomed

Phil Milligan of EMAS, addresses the press conference.
Phil Milligan of EMAS, addresses the press conference.
Share this article

A U-turn to keep open two ambulance stations which serve the Isle has been welcomed.

Bosses at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) gave the go-ahead to the ‘Being the Best’ plan on Monday, which will see stations in Scunthorpe and Gainsborough remain open.

Both had originally been earmarked for closure.

As part of the approved scheme, the total number of EMAS stations will be reduced from 65 to 28.

The region will instead be served by nine hub stations, 19 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations.

Isle MP Andrew Percy said he was ‘pleased’ with the decision and said he had been assured a stand-by point on the M180, which allows dispatchers to place ambulances in the Isle during shifts, would be retained.

Don Stewart MBE, 70, chairman of Epworth Town Council, said: “These two stations serve the Isle so it is good news that they are to remain open.”