Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has reacted angrily to news that the HSE Ambulance Service Transport Budget for 2011 has now been expended,

Deputy Calleary explained: “A decision has been made that the Ambulance Service will no longer finance any patient transport for any of these services, Dialysis and Cancer Care services within the Western Area with effect from 1st July 2011.

“At the time of issue of this release I am awaiting contact from the HSE West with regard to the matter but I find it very difficult to accept that the funding cannot be found to retain these essential services.

Ambulance Transport is a fundamental right of patients and I cannot accept that the service should be withdrawn from people who are already suffering huge strain and stress in coping with their treatments.

“Since the General Election, the HSE is under the direct political charge of the Minister of Health James Reilly T.D. and I am calling on him and my four Fine Gael Dáil colleagues in the county, to find the necessary funding to ensure that this service remains, in the same way that Minister Leo Varadkar managed to find €1 million to open a train station in his constituency at the weekend,” concluded Deputy Calleary.