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Sinn Féin seek action on Strabane and Castlederg Ambulance substations

30 November, 2005

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty raised the issue of the unsatisfactory working conditions and poor facilities that ambulance personnel have to endure at the Strabane and Castlederg ambulance sub-stations at a meeting with senior Ambulance Service officials in Belfast today.

Speaking following the meeting with Liam McIvor, Ambulance Service Chief Executive and Alan Cahill, Senior Officer in the Western Division the local MP said,

"I requested this meeting with senior ambulance service officials at the beginning of last month to seek action to improve the poor working conditions for Ambulance personnel at the sub-stations in Strabane and Castlederg.

"At the meeting I was assured that a Health and Safety audit has now been carried out at both stations and recommendations have been forwarded which they now will be attempting to implement as best they can.

"As a result of the meeting I am also now more hopeful that the part time service operating out of the Castlederg Station will shortly become a full time 24/7 service. This is essential as the Derg area is a recognised ambulance cover blackspot and such a full time service is long overdue." ENDS

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