Epworth needs its own ambulance base, says Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy
EPWORTH needs its own ambulance base, according to Isle MP Andrew Percy.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is proposing to close many of the region's 66 ambulance stations as part of a shake-up of the organisation.
As a result, these stations could be replaced with 13 hub stations and 118 Community Ambulance Posts (CAP). However, initial plans show no hub or CAP would be based in the Isle.
If the shake-up goes ahead, the closest hub to Epworth would be around 22 miles away in Elsham and the nearest CAPs to the Isle would be around eight miles away in Brumby, Crosby, Gainsborough and Scawby.
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Mr Percy, Epworth Town Council and Axholme Central councillor David Robinson are now urging EMAS bosses to consider having an Isle ambulance base.
EMAS officials announced the Being The Best plans last year, saying the changes would help improve response times.
These have been below its targets for the previous three years.
It is currently looking at additional options in its planned reorganisation.
Revised proposals are due to go before the EMAS trust board on March 25.