MPs clash over ambulance plan

Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has criticised Health Minister Anna Soubry over plans to close the ambulance station in Eastwood in a House of Commons debate.

Gloria attacked Ms Soubry in the House of Commons debate. She said: “The loss of ambulance stations in semi-rural areas is a particular concern. The town of Eastwood in my constituency faces the loss of its ambulance station. Does my honourable friend agree that closing an ambulance station cannot help already poor response times?”

In response, Ms Soubry MP said; “I do not think that it is as simple as saying that the closure of an ambulance station will de-facto reduce the service available.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has controversial plans to shut 12 of the county’s 13 ambulance stations and replace them with two ‘super stations’ - one in Sutton-in-Ashfield and one in Nottingham. EMAS has said it will cut response times.