HAMPSHIRE'S ambulance service is set to make budget savings of around £30m over the next five years.

Health chiefs at the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust have confirmed that £6m worth of savings will need to be made each year but insist they have no plans for redundancies and patients will not see any changes in the service their receive.

The news has been met with “extreme concern” from trade unions, who will be meeting with members to discuss the staff consultation.

The trust, which covers Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, said it would release more details about the savings in June.