The new London Ambulance boss Daniel Elkeles has vowed that possible plans to close four east London Ambulance stations-Romford,Hornchurch, Becontree and Ilford will not impact on patient care.
Mr Elkeles took to twitter to state: “We are at a very early stage in developing a strategy to transform our estate for the future. We’ll make sure any changes do not impact on care patients receive.
It is believed that the station closures will be replaced by new ‘hubs’ one of which will be in Dagenham.
In 2019, London Ambulance published an estates vision which sets out the Boards desire to transform its estate to meet future needs. The vision covers ambulance stations, training centres and other facilities and builds on the recommendations of the 2018 Carter Review which highlighted the variation in the number of operational sites ambulance trusts run and the potential to increase quality of service and reduce costs by rationalising their estate.
A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service told the Havering Daily: “London Ambulance Service currently has the largest number of stations in the UK and the oldest estate, and a significant proportion of the LAS estate is under-utilised and not fit for purpose, with some parts built in the 1800’s.
“We are at a very early stage in developing a London-wide strategy to transform our estate to meet future needs, and at all stages of this process we will ensure any changes do not impact on the care patients receive.”