July 23rd, 2012

I see some parallels

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So the East Midlands Ambulance service are planning to close most of their ambulance stations in a bid to save money and increase efficiency.

Now where have I heard that before.

The EMAS was among the worst performers for responding to 999 calls within the set times and the bosses believe that by shutting 66 ambulance stations and replacing them with 13 ‘hub stations’ they will save (a¬†paltry) half a million quid and increase their success rate in response times by (a paltry) 5%.

I know the¬†parallels¬†might be slightly askew in that members of the public don;t routinely go to ambulance stations like they do with police stations, but you’d have thought they might look at the police experience first and see if that gave any hints.

We’ve been closing police stations for a few years now, though these days it’s kind of a wholesale process. I don’t recall seeing many reports from people who live in towns where police stations have closed, that they feel better served. Indeed, as a¬†member¬†of the public myself, as¬†ewe¬†all are, even police officers, and council tax payer, I don’t think me and my neighbours feel safer in our beds knowing there is nobody at the police station down the road every night and at most other times during the day, and that should there be an emergency, officers have to blue light it from a couple of towns away rather than 1/2 of a mile.

Still, I expect the ambulance service will be different and the current appalling level of service our citizens currently experience will suddenly be transformed once all the ambo stations are shut.

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  1. bill says:

    Now, come along 200.

    We are in the poo and have to make sacrifices to get back on our feet again.

    I know, I know, 66 Ambulance stations being closed does sound rather drastic, but THINK about the savings. £500.000 is not an insignificant sum (not at all paltry, as you describe.)

    We pay into the EU ¬£50 million a day. Now that’s quite a lot of dosh to find, and if closing Ambulance stations means that the amount saved will cover our contribution for approximately 15 minutes, then damn it man, it has to be done !

    July 24th, 2012 at 01:32

  2. Dave Ceicket says:

    Same shit happening here in East of England Ambulance ‘Service’ soon.Stations going, double vehicle stations losing one vehicle, my station (N Walsham) going from one ambo to one car (which will wait 30 minutes for back up from Norwich, if it’s available at all). Try being in my shoes Mr Chief Exec (& Mr Lansley & Mr Cameron & Mr Osborne, & Mr Fat Bastard Banker, which is where the blame really lies), & explaining to the rellies whose mum’s going downhill fast in front of their eyes that it’s all in the name of efficiency. Not a comfortable place to be, let me tell you. If this is such a good idea, why didn’t we try it a long time ago?

    July 24th, 2012 at 04:19

  3. Whinger says:

    A good example of this ‘Big Society’ we all live in now!

    July 24th, 2012 at 11:12

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    And if buses didn`t have to keep stopping for those pesky passengers they`d be able to stick to their timetable.

    Closing some ambo stations good, closing more is better, closing the lot must be perfect then?

    July 24th, 2012 at 21:19

  5. Ruralot says:

    This is more to do with Foundation Trust (FT) status than anything else.

    Every NHS Amb Trust has to achieve FT by a certain date and part of the conditions of this are that the trust can only have a certain amount of property – hence why Amb services are selling off their premises left, right and center.

    Nothing at all to do with efficiency & savings.

    July 25th, 2012 at 10:43

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