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Minister needs to address issues in the ambulance service – Adams

4 August, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said it is deeply concerning that ambulance staff in the National Ambulance Service may be forced to engage in industrial action in the coming weeks as a direct consequence of Ministerial and HSE inaction.

Teachta Adams said:

“It is concerning that ambulance staff in the National Ambulance Service may be forced to engage in industrial action in the coming weeks over genuine concerns regarding the Service as a result of Ministerial and HSE inaction.

“Over the past number of years, many issues relating to ambulance services have been highlighted, yet through it, all ambulance staff have shown themselves to be amongst the most dedicated and hardworking members of the public service, committed to serving citizens and communities.

“The concerns they have raised in the past number of weeks in negotiations with management are genuine and are centred on the failure of the HSE to implement Labour Court recommendations, honour public service pay agreements and adequately resource ambulance services.

“The Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the HSE need to directly intervene immediately, acknowledge the serious issues being raised by ambulance staff and their union representatives, and address the issues at hand without delay.” 

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