Worksop ambulance station to remain open

Fast Response vehicle outside Worksop Ambulance Station (w121023-11)
Fast Response vehicle outside Worksop Ambulance Station (w121023-11)

Campaigners are celebrating today (Monday) following the decision to keep Worksop ambulance station open.

The trust board of East Midlands Ambulance Service agreed this morning to develop plans to create nine hubs, 19 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations.

Worksop’s station was originally earmarked for closure and the decision faced fierce opposition from campaigners in Bassetlaw.

It is now one of the 19 stations to remain open.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said it was a victory for ‘common sense.’

EMAS chief executive, Phil Milligan 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.”

“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 healthcare providers, councillors and MPs, to have their say and help to shape our plans.”

For more on the story see this week’s Worksop Guardian.