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A Haverhill councillor has criticised the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) for a lack of openness around a potential reduction in emergency cover at the ambulance station.

Town and district councillor Tony Brown told the Echo that a source ‘close to the trust’ told him the rapid response vehicle (RRV) tethered to the Camps Road station is to be removed in January.

In 2018 the town council successfully campaigned to prevent the RRV from being removed from the station.

Haverhill Ambulance station.
Haverhill Ambulance station.

When the Echo asked EEAST about its future plans for the RRV, Oliver Monahan, head of operations for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “We have been operating four ambulances out of the Haverhill station for the past few months which is double the amount we had previously.

“Our provision for Haverhill and the surrounding area is under constant review so that EEAST can respond to any change in demand profile and continue to offer the very best response possible to our communities at all times.”

In response to EEAST’s statement, Cllr Brown said: “They are not being very forthcoming as to what is going on.

Cllr Tony Brown and Cllr Maureen Byrne outside Haverhill Ambulance Station in 2018 during their campaign to prevent cutbacks
Cllr Tony Brown and Cllr Maureen Byrne outside Haverhill Ambulance Station in 2018 during their campaign to prevent cutbacks

“We had to fight hard for that tethered response vehicle. In the end we managed to keep it and save it.

“My concern is, I want good health cover and emergency ambulance cover for everyone but we’ve got to fight hard for it in Haverhill.

“We are 18 miles from the nearest hospital and we have to have that cover.

“All we ask is for some definite answers as to what is going on. Why can’t they be honest about what is going on. What they’ve said is just words, it doesn’t mean anything.

“We did ask them to last month’s town council meeting and they didn’t come to that.”

At Monday’s full town council meeting, clerk Colin Poole confirmed that the council had yet to receive a ‘substantive response’ from EEAST to a number of questions asked about the ambulance cover in the town.