On Saturday morning, the local community in Shoeburyness, alongside NHS campaigners from Save Southend NHS, staged a protest outside the Shoebury Ambulance Station, against the proposals for its closure.
The East of England Ambulance Service is intending to remove the ambulance currently stationed there, and retain the site only as ’cover point’ for ambulance crews. This is despite an external study recommending two ambulances be stationed there to meet increasing demand.
Local campaigner and Labour council candidate Tricia Cowdrey said: “Once again, Shoeburyness is being left behind. This ambulance station serves not only Shoeburyness, but the surrounding areas such as Wakering. These plans have not been consulted on, are not supported by the local community, and will put lives in danger.”
Kate Sheehan, one of the leaders of Save Southend NHS, said: “Once again we are seeing cuts to vital services, and patients will pay the price.”