Sheehan calls for urgent meeting with Ambulance Service
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has called for an urgent meeting with the Ambulance Service to discuss staff shortages and the impact on the provision of emergency cover.
The West Belfast MLA said:
"The staff shortages in the Ambulance service which resulted in up to 20 crews being unavailable over the weekend is extremely concerning.
"With several major large events taking place over the weekend involving tens of thousands of people this shortage is even more alarming.
"It is welcome that other options have been explored such as all-Ireland cooperation between the two ambulance services on the island to ensure emergency cover is provided but it is clear a longer term solution is required.
"I have requested an urgent meeting with the ambulance service to discuss these shortages and what measures are being put in place to ensure this situation does not arise again."