EMAS meeting fails to reassure anxious public

ANGRY Daventry residents were left unconvinced that proposals to change the shape of the East Midlands Ambulance Service would mean a more effective service for the district.

More than 70 residents turned out to a public meeting on Monday to fire questions at EMAS’s commercial director, Andrew Spice, and service delivery manager Mark Gregory.

The pair gave a 20-minute presentation outlining how replacing 66 ambulance stations with 13 hubs and 118 community ambulance posts across the county would create greater efficiencies in the service.

Their view that closing the ambulance station on Staverton Road and having crews pick up their vehicles from a servicing hub in Northampton will reduce the time paramedics spend cleaning and servicing their vehicles, was rejected by residents who believed this time would be spent travelling to and from Northampton.

For more on this story, see this week’s Daventry Express.