Corby ambulance station will not close, MP says

Corby Ambulence Station.
Corby Ambulence Station.

The proposed closure of Corby ambulance station will not go ahead, according to the MP for the area.

The station was due to close as part of a huge regional shake-up by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), with a ‘regional hub’ created in Kettering.

EMAS had approved the closure of a number of smaller stations in the county, back in March. It hoped the closures, and turning Kettering ambulance station into a ‘regional hub,’ would ‘streamline’ the services in the north of the county.

However, Andy Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, claimed on Twitter yesterday (Friday August 2) that the closure of the ambulance station in Corby will not go ahead.

Mr Sawford, posted on Twitter: “The good news is that I have been told by EMAS today that Corby ambulance station closure won’t now go ahead.”

The MP had previously campaigned against the closure, stating that there was a ‘strong need’ for Corby to have an ambulance station.

It has also been announced that the chief executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Phil Milligan, is quitting the organisation after two years in the job.

EMAS’s director of finance and performance, Jon Sargeant will take his place in the interim until a successor is appointed for the service which runs ambulances in Northamptonshire.

Mr Milligan said: “I joined EMAS to make a difference. With the plans in place and progress made I am proud to leave EMAS in a much stronger position. I am looking forwards to spending more time with my family.

“The role of chief executive has been very demanding and has required very long hours to make the progress necessary. It is time for me to take a back seat for a while and to leave the driving to someone else.”

He added: “I’d like to thank my colleagues at EMAS for their support and hard work in continuing to deliver this important change programme.”