Boss: ‘No plans to close stations’

Todmorden Ambulance Station
Todmorden Ambulance Station

Ambulance chiefs have denied a mass cull of ambulance stations - including Todmorden - is on the cards as they strive to cut costs.

Media reports suggest dozens of stations across the region will close and be replaced with main centres in a “hub-and-spoke” model.

And, it has been suggested one of those hubs would be based at Elland.

But bosses were keen to distance themselves from the claims - although they admit they are looking at introducing a “hub-and-spoke” system.

Rod Barnes, executive director of Finance and Performance at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said there was a possibility of hub-and-spoke models in more urban parts of the county but no firm plans had been discussed.

“We dismiss these claims and reassure members of the public there are no firm plans in place to close any of our ambulance stations,” he said.

“We are simply planning for the future.

“Patients’ interests are at the heart of everything we do and any plans to change our estates configuration would be subject to consultation with staff and sakeholder organisations.”