Councillor picked to look into ambulance cuts in Tendring

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A COUNCILLOR has been appointed to collect evidence on the new-look ambulance service to judge whether money-saving changes have made it worse.

The East of England Ambulance Service has slashed services in a bid to save £50million.

Clacton will lose one of its two full-time ambulances, while Weeley is set to lose both its round-the-clock vehicles.

Concerned district councillors met with ambulance bosses recently.

Tendring Council leader Neil Stock praised frontline workers for the job they do under difficult circumstances, but said he still had concerns.

He said: “We discovered that in Tendring the Ambulance Service is only just short of meeting its target of getting to 75 per cent of call-outs within 8 minutes.

“What we need to know is just how long it takes when they do miss the 8 minute target – is it is just over or a lot more?

“They are now facing drastic and savage cuts and we need to keep in touch with what the issues and changes are.”

Councillor Lynda McWilliams has been appointed to keep an eye on the service and the effects the changes could have.

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4:05pm Mon 8 Oct 12

parentis says...

"Within 8 minutes." Where on earth do these people get there figures from, My elderly neighbour only two weeks ago needed an ambulance it took nearly 35 min from the phone call to get paramedic in a car then another 20 min for ambulance in my reckoning these figures are just lies.
"Within 8 minutes." Where on earth do these people get there figures from, My elderly neighbour only two weeks ago needed an ambulance it took nearly 35 min from the phone call to get paramedic in a car then another 20 min for ambulance in my reckoning these figures are just lies. parentis
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10:19am Tue 9 Oct 12

paulat289 says...

the counciloor is going to be busy! the scheme is doomed to fail, the maths cannot add up, either currently or in the future. 8 minute target, 1 ambulance? colchester hospital is at least 20 minutes from clacton, with blue lights. A quick drop off before heading back on blue lights to respond to call number 2, another 20 minutes away. call on weeley? they've gone home? frinton? they're on a call!
the counciloor is going to be busy! the scheme is doomed to fail, the maths cannot add up, either currently or in the future. 8 minute target, 1 ambulance? colchester hospital is at least 20 minutes from clacton, with blue lights. A quick drop off before heading back on blue lights to respond to call number 2, another 20 minutes away. call on weeley? they've gone home? frinton? they're on a call! paulat289
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9:36am Wed 10 Oct 12

Farmhouse France says...

Clacton has a large percentage of elderly so probably needs a good ambulance service more than most. Each time I drive home I get overtaken by blue lights heading to Clacton. It is my opinion that we should campaign for our ambulance service as they did in Cambridge (Act on Ambulances) as we really can't afford to take any cuts. How long can the ambulance crew take this to and froing especially with the bad weather on the way.
Clacton has a large percentage of elderly so probably needs a good ambulance service more than most. Each time I drive home I get overtaken by blue lights heading to Clacton. It is my opinion that we should campaign for our ambulance service as they did in Cambridge (Act on Ambulances) as we really can't afford to take any cuts. How long can the ambulance crew take this to and froing especially with the bad weather on the way. Farmhouse France
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