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Minister must intervene in wake of East Cork tragedies – Ó Caoláin

10 May, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that Health Minister James Reilly needs to intervene in the wake of the latest tragedy in East Cork which saw the death of a young child after a serious accident for which no ambulance was available to bring him to hospital. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“I extend deepest sympathy to the family of Vakaris Martinaltis who died on Wednesday after a tragic accident in Midleton on Monday. There was no ambulance available to take this young child to hospital immediately as was required.

“The inadequacy of the emergency services in East Cork is not a new concern. The latest tragedy follows the tragic death of seven-year-old James Casey Butler in Midleton in March when serious concerns were raised about emergency cover.

“That same month, in the Dáil, Health Minister James Reilly claimed that ‘improved training and better deployment, more efficient rostering, will drive the improvement of response times in every region.

“It is clear that response times in every region have not improved and that in areas like East Cork there are major gaps in services. This has been highlighted by my party colleagues Deputy Sandra McLellan and Midleton Town Councillor Pat Buckley.

"The Minister needs to intervene directly with those responsible for emergency services in East Cork and across the State he must ensure that ambulance and other emergency services are of the standard required.”

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