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Review of ambulance fleet urgently needed – O’Reilly

23 September, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly TD has called for a full review of the HSE National Ambulance Service fleet following the tragedy of a death of a patient and serious injury to two paramedics at Naas General Hospital.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“As Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of the patient who lost his life yesterday. Similarly, we must not forget that two paramedics were injured in the exercise of their duties, and I wish them well on their recovery.

“What happened yesterday was a tragedy and now it is pivotal that not only are the exact circumstances and causes investigated fully, they must be communicated fully to paramedics, their representatives and officials in the Department.

“Those who work in this service cannot be left in the dark on the cause of this tragedy and the circumstances that led to this tragic incident. Indeed, I understand that unions and ambulance representatives expressed concerns previously on other similar incidents, with little official follow-up or investigation.

“It is critical now at this time that while a full forensic and technical examination is carried out of this particular incident, a full review is carried out on the entire ambulance fleet. The paramedics and personnel want to ensure quality of care and patient safety and this cannot happen if there are potential defects in the vehicles, or equipment, currently in use in the service.

“We recognise that the paramedics in our health service are working under growing pressure, with rising numbers and increasingly complex callouts and it is vital that potential defects or accidents do not bear heavy on their minds, when carrying out their important role.” 

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