Ambulance petition wins huge support

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A PETITION to save Daventry Ambulance Station is gathering pace, with more than 500 signatures now collected.

The campaign began after East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced proposals to shut several Northamptonshire ambulance stations in a bid to cut costs and improve response times.

A decision is due to be made on the closures at the end of July. Last week two thirds of EMAS employees also said the NHS trust is so understaffed they cannot do their jobs properly.

Sixty four per cent of people agreed with the statement in the ambulance service’s latest staff opinion survey, more than eight per cent higher than 12 months ago.

More than one in four said they are unable to do their job to a standard they are pleased with, and 15 per cent said they would not be happy for a friend or relative to get the standard of care given by the trust.

Labour Party leader for Daventry District Council Wendy Randall said: “A lot of people who I’ve spoken to are unaware of what’s going on or what’s going to happen. A lot of the ambulance stations haven’t always got people manning them at the moment; that’s a real concern.

“But the response to the petition has been overwhelming. We want to get as many signatures as possible by July 2 and then we will submit it.”

An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We always listen to the opinions of our staff and we take seriously any concerns they voice.”

In better news for the ambulance service, bosses revealed its response times for the most urgent 999 calls are believed to be on track to hit the national targets this year.

Ambulances are expected to get to three quarters of life-threatening emergencies within eight minutes. EMAS crews achieved over 77 per cent of calls within that time in March and just over 75 per cent of them in April.

You can sign the petition to save the town’s ambulance station in the Daventry Express offices on the High Street.