Ambulance campaigner says EMAS has listened

Dorothy Maxwell outside Rushden ambulance station
Dorothy Maxwell outside Rushden ambulance station

A campaigner says she is delighted ambulance service bosses have listened to her idea to put waiting emergency vehicles next to fire stations.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service board met on Monday to approve plans to streamline the service by building two hubs in the county – including one in Kettering – as well as a number of smaller ambulance stations.

And Dorothy Maxwell, who has been campaigning for improved services in East Northamptonshire, says she is positive the Emas board has taken on board her proposal.

The arrangement will apply in towns including Rushden, Wellingborough, Corby and Oundle.

Mrs Maxwell said: “It makes sense. It means paramedics have somewhere to come back to. Clearly getting over 100,000 signatures meant they have listened to us.”

She also paid tribute to Peter Bone MP for his work on the campaign, but added: “We are not out of the woods yet.”

Trade unions have attacked the Emas plans.