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Adams calls for “urgent and thorough” review of ambulance cover in Louth

18 January, 2012

Sinn Féin Louth and East Meath TD Gerry Adams this morning raised in the Dáil the death of 75 year old Maureen Kane in a road accident in Drogheda on Monday evening. He also spoke about the length of time it took for an ambulance to reach her.

Deputy Adams called for an urgent and thorough review of ambulance service cover in County Louth. He has written to the Minister and to the HSE asking that this be undertaken as quickly as possible.

The Louth TD also asked for an urgent debate on the HSE Service Plan because of the significant and detrimental impact it will have on health provision and patient care. The Taoiseach said that the Minister for Health would seek to accommodate this.

Speaking after Order of Business Deputy Adams said:

“This is the second time in less than a year that the ambulance cover in Drogheda failed to reach an emergency.

“Last May Peter Sherlock died after collapsing in Drogheda. A member of the public had to bring Mr. Sherlock to hospital when an ambulance had to be sent from Navan.

“According to the Taoiseach’s explanation this morning regarding events on Monday evening, the two vehicles stationed in Drogheda are supposed to be on call all of the time.

“However, despite the fact that there was an emergency vehicle parked less than a minute’s walk away behind the Cottage Hospital, the ambulance that was dispatched came from St. Brigid’s Hospital in Ardee. No explanation was provided for the Drogheda ambulances unavailability.

“The Ardee ambulance took 18 minutes to reach the road accident and Maureen Kane. Tragically Ms Kane died.

“It is clear from both these incidents that there is a need for an urgent and thorough review of ambulance services cover in County Louth.

“I have written to the Minister and to the HSE asking this be undertaken as quickly as possible.”

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