East Midlands Ambulance Service: Corby station will 'remain open'

Andy Sawford
Image caption Andy Sawford has campaigned against the closure of the Corby station

An ambulance station earmarked for closure in Northamptonshire will "remain open", the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has confirmed.

Corby MP Andy Sawford told the BBC the town's station was saved after a U-turn on Friday.

In a statement, EMAS said the station would not be closed, but it would continue with its "Being the Best" programme.

Under the review, five other stations in the county are to shut.

Plans are currently under way for Daventry, Mereway, Rushden, Towcester and Wellingborough stations to close, with Northampton and Kettering set to become ambulance hubs for the whole area.

Mr Sawford said: "It's good news for the whole county that Corby is staying open.

"To go down to just two stations was wrong. What I didn't want to happen was for ambulances to be starting at Kettering at best, and at worst further away, when people ring 999."

EMAS's chief executive Phil Milligan resigned last week following a difficult year for the organisation.

It has been criticised over its handling of the station review, as well as failing to hit response-time targets.

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