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Breaches in ambulance hygiene standards need addressed - Sheehan

7 August, 2017 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Health MLA Pat Sheehan has said breaches of infection control measures in the Ambulance Service need to be addressed for the health and safety of patients and staff.

Speaking on the news that the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) had discovered breaches in hygiene standards Mr Sheehan said:

“It is important in delivering health and social care services to the public that the safety of patients is paramount. Breaches in hygiene standards increase the risk of infection in patients, and indeed staff delivering ambulance services, and they must be addressed.

“Ambulance staff provide a vital service to the public, being first to the scene of emergencies and helping people when they are at their most vulnerable. 

“It is clear they are under increasing pressure to deliver what is often a life-saving service, due to increasing demand.

“We need to support ambulance staff to continue to deliver a high standard of service. Part of that is the delivery of a comprehensive HSC workforce strategy that takes into consideration, and provides for, the current and future demand on the Ambulance Service.” 

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