Pat Buckley TD demands restoration of East Cork ambulance service
Sinn Féin East Cork TD Pat Buckley has called on the Minister to immediately address the risk posed to public safety in his constituency following the end of the Midleton ambulance service this week and reduction in service hours across the area.
Deputy Buckley continued;
“On the 9th of February I raised my concerns with Minister Harris in the Dáil that any reduction in ambulance services in the area would pose a grave risk to public safety in a very large and well populated area of the county. He assured me he would look into it only for these services to be quietly discontinued this week as Minister Harris seeks to be the next Taoiseach.
"The area which includes Midleton, Youghal and Cobh is home to more than 50,000 people and is now served by just one ambulance based out of Youghal.
The men and women who staff these services do amazing lifesaving work but they cannot work around the clock and when they are forced to take a break the area is left with no service at all.
"Today, between 1am and 12 noon there was no service in the East Cork. Recently there has been extended periods where there was no ambulance service between Waterford and Cork as the rapid response was busy.”
"The Midleton service had on average about 8-10 call outs per shift to remove such a busy service is not just bad management but downright dangerous.
"One single ambulance for the whole of this area is simply not good enough. I call on the Minister to take his focus back to his job of delivering a health service, and restore the ambulance in Midleton before there are tragic consequences.”