Emas and council leader discuss changes to service
THE leader of Derbyshire County Council has called on the region's ambulance service to reassure him people will receive "equal access" to emergency care following changes to the way it is run.
Last month, Councillor Andrew Lewer said he wanted an "urgent meeting" with East Midlands Ambulance Service chief executive Phil Milligan to fully understand plans to close 16 stations in the county.
East Midlands Ambulance Service wants to replace the Derbyshire stations with two super-centres, where vehicles would be cleaned and stocked. The trust would also set up about 30 "community ambulance posts" in Derbyshire, places where staff can take breaks and restock.
The pair have now met and, as a result, the council has submitted its formal response to the proposals. The consultation has now closed and the plans will be discussed further by Emas in January.
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Mr Lewer said: "I felt the meeting was a positive one. I feel reassured there was a clear understanding of the local concerns and the need for Emas to give further consideration to its proposals and the impact they could have on the more rural and remote parts of Derbyshire."
He added: "We recognise the need for change but I am concerned people should have equal access to ambulance services following any changes to the service, wherever they live in the county.
"I feel our concerns have been listened to and hope they will be reflected in the plans."