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Waterford Ambulance staff express concerns regarding patient safety deeply worrying - David Cullinane TD

4 April, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane has said it is deeply worrying that ambulance staff in Waterford are preparing to engage in Industrial action over concerns regarding patient safety. 

Deputy Cullinane said ambulance staff are raising genuine concerns regarding staff working well beyond allocated hours, working without breaks and more worryingly emergency crews assigned non-emergency work.

Speaking from Waterford, Deputy Cullinane said:

"It is deeply worrying to hear that emergency ambulance crew are being allocated non-emergency work potentially leaving no emergency cover. It is also disturbing to hear of ambulance crews being forced to work long hours with insufficient breaks.

"The implementation of the new National Emergency Operations Centre is causing logistical difficulties which could impact on patient care. In Waterford, this can result in an ambulance from Waterford or Dungarvan being dispatched to a call 30 or more miles from their area, since local ambulances are also out on calls, leaving the city and county without adequate cover.

"The Minister for Health needs to directly intervene and address the serious concerns being raised by ambulance staff. I will be raising these issues directly with the Minister."

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