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HSE spent over €31 million on private ambulances since 2011 – O’Reilly

10 July, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said that the sums of money being spent by the HSE on private ambulances are exorbitant and do not represent value for money.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The National Ambulance Service and the ambulance service provided by Dublin Fire Brigade is the front line of emergency medical and pre-hospital care and they play a vital role in saving lives and transferring patients.

“Unfortunately, ambulance services have suffered from years of cuts, underinvestment, and privatisation of ambulance services with over €31 million being spent on private ambulances by the HSE since 2011.

“This huge spend on hiring private ambulance services does not make sense or represent value for tax payers money. It should be noted that the money spent on private ambulance services since 2011 would have bought at least 140 fully equipped emergency ambulances.

“Unless the HSE invests in new ambulances, the ambulance asset stock will continue to fall and they will become even more reliant on private providers. This is evidenced in the fact that in 2011 the amount spent on private ambulances was €2,128,882 yet last year the figure jumped to an exorbitant €8,118,831.

“The State needs to ensure that we have a high quality, publicly owned stock of ambulances instead of putting money into the pockets of private companies which does not constitute fiscal prudence or a benefit to the taxpayer.” 

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