Closure consultation enters its final days

Buxton Ambulance Station
Buxton Ambulance Station

A CONSULTATION over controversial changes to the way East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) operates is entering its final few days.

Since September, the trust has been consulting over its Being the Best review, which will see ambulance stations in Buxton and New Mills replaced with community ambulance posts and hubs. The consultation ends on Monday and if the plans are approved, High Peak ambulance crews would have to travel to junction 29 of the M1 - the other side of Chesterfield - to pick up and drop off their vehicles at the start and end of each shift.

EMAS’ plans have caused widespread condemnation since being revealed in May, with many people concerned that they will leave the High Peak without ambulance cover for long periods of time.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who has campaigned against the changes, said: “This issue is not one that will only affect a few people; it could affect anyone in the south of the High Peak who falls seriously ill.

“It’s therefore important that as many people as possible make their views known, and I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet responded to the consultation to take five minutes to fill in the online form.

“I’ve consistently made my views known to EMAS, the chief executive and the chairman, and will continue to do so: but the more local people make their views known through the consultation the better, as it will help demonstrate to EMAS the extent of local opposition to their plans, and the very real fears that people have about them.”

The consultation document is available from the Buxton Advertiser office at 10 Scarsdale Place, Buxton, at www.emas.nhs.uk, by emailing beingthebest@emas.nhs.uk or by calling 0800 917 9911.