Northamptonshire response to ambulance plans lowest in region

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Only 7% of responses to a consultation over changes at East Midlands Ambulance Service have so far come from Northamptonshire, it has been revealed.

Chief executive Phil Milligan said he was pleased with the quality of comments although numbers were smaller than expected.

"There's plenty of time to contact us and we are listening," he said.

The service wants to close 53 ambulance stations in the East Midlands and open 13 new "hubs" or superstations.

Mr Milligan said there had been some useful contributions from members of the public and councillors so far.

Time to respond

"The numbers might be smaller than expected but the quality of submissions and the debate is very helpful," he said.

"We're listening to what is said and are prepared to change plans in December when the consultation ends.

"People do care about the plans and have raised issues which we will address despite the response being the lowest in the region."

The service plans to introduce more emergency care practitioners, urgent care ambulances and make better use of buildings.

People are asked to respond by email, telephone or through the website.

There are also public meetings planned at Northampton's rugby ground on Friday night and in Daventry and Corby in early December.

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