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Removal of Carlow ambulance base ‘poses a danger to people of Carlow’ – Funchion

20 October, 2016 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow-Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion has slammed the HSE for putting ambulance staff in Carlow in a position where they have had to withdraw service from their base on the Athy Rd, Carlow town starting from Monday next, saying that in the absence of a local hospital and with the reliance on St Luke’s in Kilkenny, this negligence by the HSE poses a danger to the people of Carlow.

Deputy Funchion said:

“The people of Carlow have had to rely on the ambulance base at the District for many years now, but the HSE has not seen fit to provide adequate funding and support. It is unacceptable for a town the size of Carlow.

“The added response time now that ambulances will have to come from Kilkenny, in my view, places lives in danger.

“Last week, Ministers made grand claims about an increase in the Budget for the Health service, but the reality is such pronouncements were deceptive and grossly exaggerated. The Health service is creaking and the withdrawal of services such as the Carlow Ambulance base is a direct result.

“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget on the other hand proposed an additional €465 million investment in Health. People need to be shown that they can rely on the Health service and that means access to quality public services and peace of mind.” 

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