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Decision due over ambulance site
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There are concerns about plans to close the Shrewsbury control room
Staff at Shropshire's ambulance control centre are awaiting a decision over its future as a 13-week consultation period comes to an end.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust is proposing to close the centre in Shrewsbury and move the work to the Black Country or Staffordshire.

Several public meetings have been held over whether it will make the service more efficient.

A final decision is expected at the end of November.

Workers suspended

Officials have denied it would be a cost-cutting exercise.

The trust says it has received dozens of views, some in favour and some against the plans.

Earlier this month, three workers from the ambulance service were suspended over allegations of breaching the Data Protection Act.

Control room logs were passed to the BBC amid concerns closing the Shropshire control centre would put patients at risk.

They showed ambulances were sent from Shropshire to help in Birmingham and the Black Country, reducing the number of emergency vehicles available in the county.

Some staff say they are worried there will be less cover for Shropshire if the closure goes ahead.




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