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It doesn’t come more front-line than ambulance cover – Sinn Féin

6 July, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin health spokesperson and deputy Chair of the Assembly Health committee Michele O’Neil MLA has expressed her deep concern at proposed cuts to ambulance provision in the Six Counties.

Speaking this morning Ms O’Neil said;

“A number of proposed cuts to ambulance provision have been suggested under the spending review and it is clear that people across the north, but particularly in rural area’s, are deeply concerned about this matter.

The Minister has said that he will consider the recommendations carefully, I believe that he must. He must also listen to the genuine fears, concerns and most importantly, the experiences of people who have already been negatively effected as a result of the lack of ambulance cover at present.

Cuts should not be made to front-line services and it doesn’t get more front-line than ambulance services.

While Rapid Response Vehicles have an important and vital role to play in our emergency response provision, people must feel confident and safe in the knowledge that, particularly in rural areas, they will be properly served by the health service here.” CRÍOCH

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