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Bray tragedy highlights flaw in ambulance services – Brady

17 August, 2009


Bray Sinn Féin Councillor John Brady has said the tragic deaths of two men after a stabbing incident in Bray yesterday exposed a serious flaw in the local ambulance services. Councillor Brady said frontline HSE staff have expressed concern that only one ambulance was on duty to cover the area from Newtownmountkennedy to Merrion Gates in Dublin.

Speaking today Councillor Brady said, “I want to express my condolences to the families and friends of the two men who died in this tragic incident at the weekend and also to the family and friends of those injured. My thoughts and those of my Sinn Féin colleagues are with them at this time.

“This episode has exposed a serious flaw in the local ambulance services. There should normally be four ambulances on call to serve the area from Newtownmountkennedy to Merrion Gates in Dublin. However, due to the refusal of the HSE to pay overtime to the ambulance workers there was only one ambulance on duty to cover this entire area on Saturday night and Sunday morning. As a result ambulances had to be drafted in from both Tallaght and Wicklow Town.

“HSE frontline staff have contacted me to express their serious concern at this Russian Roulette type service. What will happen if ambulances from our neighbouring districts are not available to cover in the case of a future emergency? It does not bear thinking about.

“HSE cutbacks are putting lives at risk in this area as we are no longer adequately covered by the ambulance services. This is an indictment on the record of this Government. Full ambulance cover must be restored to this area immediately.” ENDS

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