Ambulance service denies MP John Mann’s claims

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information.  Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
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THE ROW between Bassetlaw MP John Mann and the East Midlands Ambulance Service escalated this week when he accused them of banning staff from a meeting.

The MP has previously been very critical of the service’s proposals to make savings after fears were raised for the future of Worksop and Retford ambulance stations when new plans were put forward by EMAS to reduce its number of stations from 70 to 13 hubs.

This week, after arranging a meeting to discuss the cuts, Mr Mann claimed that paramedics and ambulance staff had been banned by their management from attending and even ‘threatened with the sack’.

“Such tactics are common in North Korea and were used in apartheid South Africa and Burma to stop freedom of speech,” said Mr Mann.

However, a spokesman from the East Midlands Ambulance Service said that this simply was not true.

“EMAS are unaware of any meeting that staff have been requested to attend,” he said.

“However, we would like to state that there is absolutely no truth in the suggestion that staff attending such a meeting with Mr Mann would be sacked.”

- For more info and the FULL story see Friday’s Guardian