Ambulance petition comes to Horncastle

Ambulance at rtc scene - steve cobb cropped WH file original
Ambulance at rtc scene - steve cobb cropped WH file original

The man behind a petition to keep Market Rasen’s ambulance station open is bringing his fight to Horncastle in a bid to debate the issue in Lincoln.

Guy Grainger is leading the campaign after East Midlands Ambulance Services announced last month that they are planning on closing Market Rasen’s ambulance station.

Mr Grainger told the News that he is bringing his petition to Horncastle to secure enough signatures on it so he can debate the issue in front of county council representatives.

According to county council protocols if a petition contains more than 3,500 signatures it will be debated by a meeting of the council.

Should the petition organiser, in this case Mr Grainger, reach 3,500 signatures they will be able to present the petition at the meeting.

Mr Grainger said: “Existing ambulance response times for the postcode area LN9 are among the worst for the entire East Midlands region.

“Response times are very poor throughout the rural Lincolnshire postcodes of LN7 through LN13.

“In this large area of Lincolnshire poor response times mean that survival rates are lower - people are dying because ambulances take longer to reach them than elsewhere.

“I have pushed EMAS for better emergency ambulance cover for the rural LN postcodes for the last seven months.

“EMAS have not responded with any operational improvements, just a restatement of their intention to replace the existing full ambulance stations in Market Rasen and Horncastle with places where crews can take a mid-shift break.”

Under current proposals EMAS is planning on closing a number of ambulance stations in the county and replacing them with 108 hubs where ambulances will be stationed.

The plans would see 
the introduction of nine 
hubs, 19 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance posts.

Mr Grainger’s petition can be found in a number of locations in the town including: Cooplands and Achurch & Sons, Market Place and The Admiral Rodney Hotel, North Street.