MP campaigns to keep ambulance station in Corby

Corby Ambulance Station
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Corby MP Andy Sawford is calling for the town’s ambulance station, which has been recommended for closure, to be kept open.

The closure is being recommended as part of a huge regional shake-up of East Midlands Ambulance Service which is not meeting its performance targets and is under pressure to improve.

Proposals to set up a three-tier system, including 11 ambulance station hubs, 17 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations, some which could be in mobile cabins, was drawn up.

For months staff, the public, MPs, councillors and other stakeholders have been involved in consultations on the planned changes and a final decision will be made on Monday, March 25.

If the recommendations are approved, Corby ambulance station would close, with main hubs being established in Kettering, North Northampton and Leicester. There would also be an ambulance station in Market Harborough.

Mr Sawford, who has met EMAS chiefs to discuss the proposals, said the review of the service has been badly handled and not enough people have been consulted.

He said; “I want to know what assessment has been made of future changes in need and demand.

“Corby is a fast-growing town with the highest birth rate in the country. There is a strong need for Corby to continue to have a proper ambulance station.

“My own survey of local residents showed there is a great deal of concern about the ambulance service, in particular response times. I do not believe that the public consultation has engaged with enough people.”

Mr Sawford said Corby’s high incidence of heart disease was another reason the ambulance station should remain open. He said: “This is a hugely important decision and there is no clear evidence for making a decision like this which will have implications for decades to come.”

The MP has written to EMAS asking for evidence to support the planned changes.