The future of Ledbury’s ambulance station seems unclear after staff say that it could be included in proposed cuts by West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Andy Kibble, an ambulance technician and representative of the public service union, UNISON, told a public meeting thatbosses were ‘seriously looking’ at closing the station. At the meeting to discuss the building of 800 new homes in the town, he said that Ledbury’s emergency medical coverage would have to be taken into serious consideration as the move would mean “playing chess with people’s lives.”
However, a spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said that talk of closure was not true and that they were simply looking at ‘changing location’ of the station.
Three years ago ambulance stations in Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye were considered for closure, but after huge public and union opposition the plans were scrapped. Cuts to emergency and health care services mirror those currently happening elsewhere, resulting in job losses, and seriously threatening the well-being and safety of the public. We will have to wait and see whether this closure is to go ahead, but we will be ready to stand up and defend our emergency services if anything is to happen.