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A proper ambulance service is a basic need in rural areas – Ferris

18 May, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Martin Ferris, reacting to the National Ambulance Service capacity review, said that the ambulance service has to be properly resourced including with co-ordinates technology in vehicles.

Deputy Ferris said:

“A proper ambulance service is a basic need in rural Ireland, but we have not got that. It is clear that the people working in the service and their trade unions have a positive and constructive role to play in improving it and suggesting better ways to make it work.

“Every ambulance in the country should, by now, be using co-ordinates technology and there has to be investment to support this in vehicles and control rooms.

“The national ambulance service is under pressure and working with fewer resources. The state has a responsibility to provide basic services and the ambulance service is one of them. This is the case whether you live in the centre of Dublin or in a rural area.

“The Lightfoot report has found that HIQA targets cannot be met and this means that more resources must be allocated to the service, especially in rural areas where communities are being forced to rely on already reduced hospital services.

“I am calling on Simon Harris to implement the recommendations of the report without delay. Delay costs lives in this case.” 

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