Matlock and Bakewell ambulance stations under threat?

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AMBULANCE stations across Derbyshire, including Matlock and Bakewell, are under review according to radical plans to change the way East Midlands Ambulance Service operates.

Ambulance stations could be closed or refurbished, more vehicles parked in public places awaiting 999 calls and managerial posts cut over the next five years.

The strategy, with details of affected stations, will be completed by the end of July.

Across the East Midlands, between 10 to 14 ambulance centres would be created - where vehicles would be cleaned and restocked - and some of the region’s 65 ‘inefficient’ stations would be closed, as it would cost £13 million to bring them up to ‘NHS standards’.

Chief executive Phil Milligan said: “We’ve already managed to improve but can do much better. The changes are radical but the public should notice a better ambulance service.

“There will be some savings but it is about using what we have already got in a much better way.”

Since 2009, the service has been struggling to meet Government targets for reaching patients quickly and was fined £5m last year.