Ripley campaigns on closures

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Campaigners fighting the proposed closure of ambulance stations have formed an action group in Ripley.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced plans to replace around 60 stations across the region with 13 ‘super stations’. In Derbyshire they will be based in Chesterfield and Derby.

Charles Taylor, of Ripley, said: “People from Ripley have already experienced delays waiting for their ambulance to arrive and often finding that they have arrived from Mansfield and other areas. If the changes go ahead, the current situation will get worse not better – experiencing longer delays that could result in unnecessary deaths. The best way to reduce response times is to put more crews on the road but there is no mention of this in the proposals.”

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5, at 7.30pm at the Pear Tree pub, High Street, Ripley, to discuss the best way to build the campaign against the closure. For more contact 07731587248.