Plans to axe an ambulance serving Blackpool four nights of the week have been shelved.
Earlier this year the North West Ambulance Service announced it needed to make £14m of cuts, and one proposal was to axe an emergency ambulance in the town from 10pm to 6am Thursday to Sunday.
On top of that, Fylde’s Urgent Care vehicles could have been replaced with Intermediate Tier vehicles, which are not staffed by paramedics and cannot respond to emergency calls.
But today the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust announced it had received addition funding which would secure the vehicles until the end of the financial year.
The news is being hailed a victory by Unison, which campaigned to keep the ambulances.
More than 11,000 people signed a public petition against the plans which was submitted to Downing Street last week.
In May, Unison’s North West head of Health, Paul Foley, claimed the cuts would cost lives.
For more see Friday’s Gazette.