06 JUL 2017

Therese Highly Concerned by Ambulance Super Hub Proposal

Therese has today written to the Chief Executive of Suffolk's ambulance service to say she is 'highly concerned'about their plan to press ahead with the remodelling of their estate, which would leave no ambulances stationed in east Suffolk at all.

Under East of England Ambulance Trust proposals to create super hubs at Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Ipswich - a number of rural ambulance stations would close, causing significant concern that recent improvements to ambulance response times in rural areas would be put at risk.

Therese said: "I'm highly concerned to hear more reports of the super hub proposal going ahead, which would leave no ambulances stationed here in east Suffolk at all. I'm worried that the considerable progress the Ambulance Trust has made in getting people in rural areas the appropriate medical care on time will be put at risk by this proposal. Especially in relation to the Stroke 60 target, where patients suffering a stroke have to get to hospital within 60 minutes to maximise their ability to recover.

Therese added: "I have written to the Chief Executive of the Ambulance Service, Robert Morton outlining my significant concerns and have asked him for a full update. I am also arranging another meeting for ambulance bosses to come to Westminster so we can quiz them on their plans."

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