East Lancashire weekend paramedic cover set to be cut

East Lancashire weekend paramedic cover set to be cut

East Lancashire weekend paramedic cover set to be cut

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

WEEKEND paramedic cover in Blackburn, Burnley and Nelson looks set to be slashed under a controversial plan drawn up by ambulance chiefs – but Accrington will benefit.

The Lancashire Telegraph has obtained further details of North West Ambulance Service’s (NWAS) proposed Cost Improvement Plan this week, after the GMB union said more than £6 million of ‘frontline services’ were under threat across the region.

Under the plans, the Blackburn ambulance station would lose 7.5 hours of rapid response vehicle (RRV) cover on both Saturdays and Sundays, while Nelson would lose 11.5 hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

The stations are each currently covered by four ambulances and one RRV, which is a specially-equipped car generally manned by a paramedic.

A spokesman for NWAS said the cover was being ‘realigned’ to Accrington, where demand has been greater, although this would be in the form of an extra urgent care vehicle, to be manned by less qualified staff.

An intermediate care vehicle in Burnley would also be axed in favour of an urgent care vehicle.

Steve Rice, branch secretary for the GMB union at NWAS, said: “We’d say it’s dangerous to remove paramedic cover.”

Meanwhile, the trust plans to slash its corporate staffing bill by more than £1 million (nine per cent), which could mean more than 38 office staff in Bolton, Liverpool, Carlisle and Manchester face redundancy.

NWAS argued that only £2.1 million of the cuts affect the frontline, adding that an urgent care vehicle can convey patients to hospital, which an RRV cannot do. Accrington would get an extra urgent care vehicle for 80.5 hours per week.

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12:26pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Yet another superb decision brought about by the idiotic cutbacks initiated and demanded by CAM-MORON and Co.

WELL PAST THEIR SELL BY DATE !!!!!
Yet another superb decision brought about by the idiotic cutbacks initiated and demanded by CAM-MORON and Co. WELL PAST THEIR SELL BY DATE !!!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 23

12:37pm Thu 8 May 14

HarryBosch says...

The crazy madness continues! This is going to put lives at risk. And this is also when the 'where there's blame there's a claim' solicitors come in handy! if I, or any of my family, suffer as a result of these crazy cuts, guess who's gonna be at the top of my calling list!
Seriously thinking about voting UKIP
The crazy madness continues! This is going to put lives at risk. And this is also when the 'where there's blame there's a claim' solicitors come in handy! if I, or any of my family, suffer as a result of these crazy cuts, guess who's gonna be at the top of my calling list! Seriously thinking about voting UKIP HarryBosch
  • Score: 1

12:40pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Yet again another superb example of dangerous cutbacks instigated by our wonderful leader & co suppose there's plenty of cover south of Watford though god forbid.making savings there . Next will be a complete sell off of the service maybe !!!

Once again

Thanks Mr CAM-MORON & POSSY
Yet again another superb example of dangerous cutbacks instigated by our wonderful leader & co suppose there's plenty of cover south of Watford though god forbid.making savings there . Next will be a complete sell off of the service maybe !!! Once again Thanks Mr CAM-MORON & POSSY ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 20

12:46pm Thu 8 May 14

AndyD123 says...

I see no problem with this. Simply reschedule your heart attack for midweek
I see no problem with this. Simply reschedule your heart attack for midweek AndyD123
  • Score: 16

2:39pm Thu 8 May 14

kateash says...

Crazy !!! What about people in the Colne and Barnoldswick areas? It already takes over 20 minutes to reach A and E in Blackburn while in the ambulance never mind waiting for them to arrive!!! This should not be allowed to happen while lives are at risk all to save money!! What a third rate Nhs we have.. Next we will have private ambulances for people with healthcare as in America.. ! As a consultant once said it will be people with breathing difficulties who will be most at risk !
Crazy !!! What about people in the Colne and Barnoldswick areas? It already takes over 20 minutes to reach A and E in Blackburn while in the ambulance never mind waiting for them to arrive!!! This should not be allowed to happen while lives are at risk all to save money!! What a third rate Nhs we have.. Next we will have private ambulances for people with healthcare as in America.. ! As a consultant once said it will be people with breathing difficulties who will be most at risk ! kateash
  • Score: 16

4:43pm Thu 8 May 14

Openminded? says...

If the idiots drinking too much alcohol, didn't need an ambulance at the weekends, this wouldn't be a problem.

Just ban alcohol !!!!
If the idiots drinking too much alcohol, didn't need an ambulance at the weekends, this wouldn't be a problem. Just ban alcohol !!!! Openminded?
  • Score: -6

5:41pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Yet again another superb example of dangerous cutbacks instigated by our wonderful leader & co suppose there's plenty of cover south of Watford though god forbid.making savings there . Next will be a complete sell off of the service maybe !!!

Once again

Thanks Mr CAM-MORON & POSSY
PRIVATISATION NEXT !!!
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: Yet again another superb example of dangerous cutbacks instigated by our wonderful leader & co suppose there's plenty of cover south of Watford though god forbid.making savings there . Next will be a complete sell off of the service maybe !!! Once again Thanks Mr CAM-MORON & POSSY[/p][/quote]PRIVATISATION NEXT !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

6:23pm Thu 8 May 14

Bluelizzy says...

Could probably make those savings, without effecting any services, by cutting ambulance chiefs.
Could probably make those savings, without effecting any services, by cutting ambulance chiefs. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 9

7:02pm Thu 8 May 14

mavrick says...

The whole of the NHS is being privatised bit by bit, already private companies are operating behind the NHS logo. But despite the many warnings people have believed the hype of there being not enough money in the pot. They have been hacking away at the ambulance service for sometime. will it be too late before enough of us stand up and say no more. I suspect it will.
The whole of the NHS is being privatised bit by bit, already private companies are operating behind the NHS logo. But despite the many warnings people have believed the hype of there being not enough money in the pot. They have been hacking away at the ambulance service for sometime. will it be too late before enough of us stand up and say no more. I suspect it will. mavrick
  • Score: 9

9:10pm Thu 8 May 14

BRFC195 says...

Whatever next ! God help anyone in the burnley area needing to get to blackburn and wait for a crew ...weekends are the highest demand for any emergency service and with the recent audit at royal
Blackburn we have the highest death rate particularly at weekends!!!
Whatever next ! God help anyone in the burnley area needing to get to blackburn and wait for a crew ...weekends are the highest demand for any emergency service and with the recent audit at royal Blackburn we have the highest death rate particularly at weekends!!! BRFC195
  • Score: 9

9:58am Fri 9 May 14

pendlegirl says...

where is our Pendle MP, stephenson on this, he is there when there is a photo opportunity but fails to stand up for the people of Colne, WASTE OF SPACE!
where is our Pendle MP, stephenson on this, he is there when there is a photo opportunity but fails to stand up for the people of Colne, WASTE OF SPACE! pendlegirl
  • Score: 7

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