The Ambulance Service held its consultation meeting on the closing our ambulance stations for the Bassetlaw area on Tuesday.
There was no prior notices given to me, none to the Worksop Guardian or other media and no publicity in Bassetlaw whatsoever.
On the previous Friday their website made no mention of this and the other meetings that they have held during this week. The first meeting was held in Leicestershire but nobody turned up and it was abandoned. With no notice we were able to muster an attendance of 70 people, but hundreds would have come with appropriate notice. It is quite disgraceful to treat the public in this way.
With the exception of one man, who regularly writes nonsense to this paper and supports the cuts despite never having spoken to a single member of our local of ambulance crew, everybody else was totally against their proposals.
They are based on a model only used in Staffordshire.
It is clear that these changes will cost lives in Bassetlaw. In other areas outside cities, like Glossop in Derbyshire there are similar protests. These changes force a city solution on us and make no sense whatsoever.
I believe we can force a rethink, but we need to work together on this. Please make your concerns heard through writing letters to the ambulance service headquarters in Nottingham (East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, 1 Horizon Place, Mellors Way, Nottingham NG8 6PY) and by petitions.
I have paper petitions that can be collected from my office and you can also sign the petition on-line by going onto my website at www.johnmannmp.com. This will also keep you updated as the campaign progresses.
In addition I have major concerns about the shift of trauma patients away from Bassetlaw Hospital and the end of the air ambulance service coming to Bassetlaw.
Bit by bit our vital public services are being chipped away. I now have evidence that the East Midlands is totally unprepared for any major disaster, such as at our airports, on our major road and our train lines.
South Yorkshire ambulance service is currently operating at full capacity. So what will happen in the event of a major disaster? I intend pursue hard for the answers.
Was anybody locally arrested or hospitalised at Orgreave during the miners strike in the 1980s? If you were I would like to hear from you as soon as possible. Email me at email@example.com or ring me on 01909 506200.