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Ireland being ‘too rural’ is no excuse for inadequate ambulance service – Kenny

10 May, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD


To say that Ireland is “too rural” to support an efficient, speedy and safe service, according to a recently commissioned report on the ambulance service, is not good enough, says Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal.

Deputy Kenny said:

“We have to be glad that a report was commissioned which proves the point, but anyone living outside the main towns and cities of our county will tell you that the waiting time for an ambulance is getting longer and that people are dying because of that.

“The Lightfoot report claims that Ireland is ‘too rural’, but that is the kind of attitude that has seen services slashed, Garda stations closed, post offices and schools shut down. People in rural Ireland have as much right to a health service, including adequate and speedy transport to hospital, as people living anywhere else.

“It is just not good enough to justify a bad service on the basis that the area covered is rural. We know that understaffing and under-resourcing is a problem and the new minister for health should give this his urgent attention and also he has to listen to the people working in the services and reorganise the working of it so that people on the brink of death are not left waiting while vehicles come hundreds of miles to assist them.” 

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