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Ambulance delays ‘unacceptable’ – O’Reilly

24 March, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has reacted to the HIQA report into ambulance capacity by demanding “urgent action and investment”.

Speaking today, Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The HIQA report published today shows that speedy reforms are needed.

“The report gives a damning indictment of Government inaction on this issue and shockingly states that significant shortcomings in Dublin are putting patients’ lives at risk. The national picture is no better with stories coming in every day of patients left stranded waiting on an ambulance. 

“This report should act as a wake-up call for the Minister for Health Simon Harris that swift action is needed to ensure that the best quality ambulance services are available all over the country.  

“How many more reports of this kind will it take for the Government to do something about this chaos?

“The people deserve an operational, properly funded and well-resourced ambulance service that is fit for purpose. They are clearly not getting that. 

“The issues regarding closer cooperation between the NAS and the Dublin Fire Brigade have been well flagged and need to be dealt with.  We cannot continue to have a situation in Dublin where there are lengthy delays for patients and we must ensure that the DFB service is protected and enhanced where necessary and that all agencies providing ambulance cover for Dublin are working well together.

 “Communities across the country should not have to experience long and dangerous delays waiting for ambulances. The paramedics and frontline personnel want to ensure quality of care and patient safety and this cannot happen without these commitments in terms of resourcing being followed through on.” 

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