Vital ambulance crew set to stay at Diss station
Diss is set to keep one of its vital ambulance crews.
The news follows a decision by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to provide 15 extra full-time ambulances across the region as of Monday, with Diss among the six market towns and one village in Norfolk and Suffolk which are set to benefit.
The announcement was made following a decision by the EEAST last month to cut ambulance staff at Diss’ station as of March 4, reducing the station’s capacity from two 24-hour ambulances to one 24-hour ambulance and a rapid response vehicle.
At the time, a source close to the ambulance service told the Diss Express that the changes could result in people dying and would leave the area with inadequate cover.
However, the decision will now mean Diss will keep both of its ambulances and gain a rapid response vehicle, which will be available ten hours a day, seven days a week.
Speaking on behalf of the EEAST, interim chief executive Andrew Morgan, said: “After reviewing the situation and listening to patient and staff feedback it became clear that getting more double staffed ambulances out there was a priority that would directly benefit patients and reduce waiting times.”
Diss mayor Graham Minshull said he was delighted to hear that the town’s campaign to keep its vital ambulance service had not been in vein.
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Weather for Diss
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: East
Temperature: 11 C to 19 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: South west