‘Maximum engagement needed on ambulance consultation’ - Sheehan
The Ambulance Service must ensure maximum public engagement on its current consultation on proposed changes to it's clinical response model, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan has said.
Commenting after meeting with the Chair of the Ambulance Service Board and the Ambulance Service's Director of Operations, the West Belfast MLA said: "The Ambulance Service is an important part of health and social care and in many instances is a vital link between services.
"In considering the future model of ambulance services it is particularly important that the public are encouraged and supported to engage with the consultation process.
"At today's meeting I raised with the Ambulance Service concerns we have in regards to the consultation process, particularly in regards to public meetings.
"The ambulance Service has opted to use the Local Commissioning Group (LCG) public meetings as an opportunity for the public to engage with and listen to Ambulance Service explain it proposals but until recently the details of those meetings were not easily accessible to the public.
"I welcome the Ambulance Service response to our earlier concerns by providing details of each LCG meeting on its website and via social media.
“They should promote further opportunities for groups and individuals to seek public meetings with the Ambulance service to explain its proposals.
"The consultation closes on the 20th December and I would encourage all those with an interest or concern in the Ambulance Service's proposals for its critical response model to attend one of the remaining public meetings of the LCGs or request a public meeting with the Ambulance Service on its proposals, in their area."