Petition launched to save town’s ambulance station

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A PETITION is being launched to help save Daventry Ambulance Station from closure.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced plans last month to shut several Northamptonshire ambulance stations in a bid to cut costs and improve poor response times.

That has prompted Dorothy Maxwell, from Rushden, to set up a petition to fight the plans.

Her idea is being backed by people in Daventry who are desperate to save the town’s ambulance station.

Daventry’s Cllr Wendy Randall said: “I would urge everyone to sign this petition because the ambulance station is a wonderful service for the town which we shouldn’t lose.

“I’ve been speaking to a lot of paramedics recently about the situation. I’ve been told there are eight priority locations in the area for paramedics to be based and Daventry is down in seventh.

“So if the station is closed and we don’t have any ambulances based in Daventry what position will that leave us in?.

“All we can do is raise awareness about how important this service is for Daventry and do our best to protect it.”

EMAS is set to ditch its current model of 65 stations and replace it with a fewer number of hubs supported by smaller stations and mobile standby sites.

Mrs Maxwell said she plans to put the petition in local post offices for people to sign.

She said: “I think if you do away with the stations the response times will get worse because you will have ambulances in the wrong places.

“We all pay into the NHS so we should be listened to and we are going to fight vigorously.

“What I’m aiming to do is to get 5,000 to 10,000 people to sign the petition to show that we are not going to take this lying down.”