PLANS to make radical changes to the way the region’s ambulance service operates are to continue after a national panel decided they did not need to be reviewed.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) was asked to provide information about its Being the Best plans to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel – an expert body on NHS service change.
This was because the health scrutiny committee at Lincolnshire County Council said it did not feel EMAS carried out ‘adequate consultation’on the plans.
EMAS came up with the Being the Best changes as a response to its ‘poor performance’ and it included creating nine super stations across the region.
In Derbyshire, its 16 stations will be replaced with one super station and 25 community ambulance posts.
But the Independent Reconfiguration Panel have now said the concerns are ‘not suitable for full review’ as it did not feel it would ‘any value’ to the issue. It said: “The referral does not concern the merits of the public consultation.”