EMAS has published papers for its trust board meeting held in public next week which will include a report detailing the final recommendation following a series of consultations that will see major changes to the service.
No decision has been made on the final recommendation and a decision will not be made until the Board has met on Monday, March 25.
The trust is proposing changes to help it:
• Meet national response time targets;
• Make almost £30 million efficiency savings over five years;
• Cope with the rising number of 999 calls.
It plans to do this by potentially closing 17 ambulance stations in Derbyshire, one of which is in Swadlincote, and replace them with two larger stations or ‘hubs’ and 26 smaller ‘tactical deployment points’ across the county.
Chief executive Phil Milligan (pictured left) said: “The aim of our Being the Best change programme has always been to improve response times to emergency 999 calls and help frontline staff.”