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Ambulance cuts could lead to a better service in Frinton
9:00am Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
AMBULANCE staff visited councillors in Frinton and Walton in a bid to reassure them that cuts to the service would not leave residents in danger.
The East of England Ambulance Service looks set to get rid of Frinton’s only 24-hour ambulance, along with others in the area, in a bid to save £50million.
The announcement sparked outrage from residents and councillors, who said the cuts would put lives at risk.
Ambulance bosses visited councillors to put their minds at ease.
Mayor Mark Cossens said: “We had a very good presentation that certainly eased a lot of fears.
“We will have a rapid response vehicle in Frinton all the time once the cuts come into effect.
“Of course we will lose the ambulance that was here, but the replacement rapid response vehicle will be very good for us.
“It’s in those first few minutes that people’s lives are saved, and I think the new system will give everyone the best possible chance in an emergency situation.
“Having that here may well prove to be more effective than our old system.”