Amber Valley borough councillors to scrutinise East Midlands Ambulance Service plans
RADICAL plans to change the way in which paramedics operate in Derbyshire are to be examined by councillors in Ripley.
East Midlands Ambulance Service wants to replace the county's 16 ambulance stations with two super-centres, in Derby and Chesterfield, and a series of stations and standby points.
The proposal is part of bigger plans by the trust to change the way it runs after several years of "poor performance".
But campaigners against the closure of the stations say they are concerned the changes will leave rural parts of the region without sufficient ambulance cover.
And Amber Valley Borough Council has now said Peter Ripley, EMAS director of operations, will attend a meeting at Ripley Town Hall on March 20, from 7pm, to discuss the plans further.
Councillor Kevin Buttery, chairman of the improvement and scrutiny committee - which will hear Mr Ripley's presentation - said: "Residents are quite rightly concerned about planned changes to this key service and need to be re-assured that any changes will not impact upon the quality of service they currently receive".