Pleas to save Corby’s ambulance station

Corby Ambulance Station
Corby Ambulance Station

Plans to close Corby’s ambulance station as part of a huge regional shake-up have been criticised by residents who want the town base to stay.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has revealed plans to close every ambulance station in the county, except those in Kettering and Northampton.

Towns would be served by strategically placed standby points, including one in Corby.

The proposals will be the subject of a public consultation process which will start in September and run until the end of November.

Corby Council deputy leader Mark Pengelly said: “Corby is growing fast and the plan is for it to double in size.

“We will have to look closely at the proposal to close the ambulance station.”

Mercy Murang, of Croyde Avenue, Corby, said: “I think it’s a poor decision. We need to keep a local station.”

Charlie Ross, of Greenland Walk in the town, said: “There is enough cost-cutting in other areas of the NHS. We should oppose this plan.”

Michael Szymanski, of Cannock Road, Corby, said: “It can’t be a good thing to have a town of this size with no ambulance station.

“We need crews here, on the spot.”

And John Belton, who lives on the Lincoln estate, said: “We have a growing elderly population in Corby and need a local ambulance station.”

Corby’s MP Louise Mensch said she wanted to see the ambulance service improve its response times.

She said: “I’m less interested in bricks and mortar than I am in getting ambulances to Corby patients quicker.”