proposals will include Burnham-On-Sea ambulance station
ambulance station could soon be operated by a new foundation trust
covering the whole of the south west.
station in Love Lane is currently operated by South Western Ambulance
Service but plans have been unveiled this week to merge the service
with the neighbouring Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
the proposals are approved by the Health Secretary, the single
ambulance service could be put in place during 2013. It would
cover an area stretching from Gloucestershire to Cornwall.
Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (GWAS) says the merger may
result in some job cuts, however its says frontline services would
not be affected.
Wenman, chief executive of both organisations, said the plans
had been subjected to "rigorous scrutiny" by external
bodies including the strategic health authority.
is reassuring that at no stage of the process have there been
any concerns that the partnership should not proceed and we are
now looking forward to receiving final approval from the secretary
of state," he said.
added: "A huge amount of work has been done and continues
to be done by staff of both trusts to ensure a smooth integration.
This has been achieved while focusing on continuing to meet all
national performance standards and deliver excellent patient care."
therefore welcome this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and
thank all staff from both organisations for their commitment and
dedication during what I know is an unsettling time."
provides emergency care and patient transport services across
Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, the greater Bristol area and parts
of Somerset while South Western Ambulance Service covers parts
of Dorset and Somerset, and Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.