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Bosses explain ambulance shake-up
People across the West are being given the chance to ask about plans to create a new ambulance trust for Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

It is hoped plans for the "super-trust" will improve performance targets, allow best practice to be shared and provide a better equipped workforce.

Two meetings are to be held where the public can quiz NHS bosses as part of the three month consultation process.

It is hoped the 1.6m savings could be reinvested in frontline services.

'Talk to us'

The proposal to create a new trust comes from a group made up of representatives from the Strategic Health Authority (SHA), the three ambulance trusts and the primary care trusts.

A spokesman for the SHA said: "We're encouraging everyone who cares about our ambulance services to come and talk to us.

"We welcome the views of those people our ambulances services are there to serve. As well as hearing people's views, we will do our best to answer any questions people have about the future of ambulance services," he said.

The meetings are being held at:

Wiltshire - 6 September, 18.00 - 1930 Jenner House, Langley Park Estate, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1GG.

Avon - 27 September, 1900 -2030Youth Hostel Association (YHA) Bristol, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA.

All venues are accessible for disabled people.

The public should telephone 01249 858540 to reserve a place at the meetings.

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