Daventry ambulance station closure plan is ‘flawed’

UNION members are fighting the closure of Daventry Ambulance Station, arguing that the decision is ‘too extreme’.

Last month East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) recommended that 65 stations across the region are closed and replaced with 13 ‘hub stations’.

That would leave Daventry with no station and only what EMAS is calling ‘tactical deployment points’ - places where ambulances will be strategically placed to respond to emergency calls.

There is due to be a full consultation in September and a town campaign to keep the Daventry station open was signed by 2,000 people.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff, has now joined the debate and promised a detailed study into the decision.

Regional officer Colin Todd said: “The announcement has come as much of a shock to the GMB members as it probably did for the general public. The plan is poorly thought out and is flawed. It does not address the real issues.

“GMB believe this new proposal to cull 65 stations throughout the six counties is too radical and too extreme to be considered. GMB believe that this is a financial knee jerk reaction and is based on a misguided and confused idea.”