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Rural ambulance times need to be focused upon - Ramsey

12 March, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA, Sue Ramsey, who is also the  chair of the Health Committee, has stated that there needs to be particular attention paid to the call out times for ambulance service in rural areas.

Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:

“The recent report highlighting the longer call out times for Ambulance cover in rural areas is concerning.

“I do have to however commend the Ambulance service for the high percentage of call out targets being met across the north.

“This call out time for some rural area, but in particular North Antrim, Fermanagh and Tyrone is an issue that we have been aware of for some time and we will be examining ways in which this can be redressed this such as rural ambulance stations, improved road infrastructure, something the Executive is already delivering on, and protection of vital frontline services.

“What we need is an approach bringing targeted investment to get these arrival times up to speed. Many are too close to the "golden hour" of emergency services delivery.“As such the Health Committee will be meeting with the Ambulance Service Control Room in a number of weeks as part of the process examining what can be done to improve these times.”

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