Cork North West TD, Michael Moynihan has said he is deeply troubled by the decision of the HSE to cut the daytime ambulance service in Millstreet as a result of cost overruns in other areas.

“This service was only introduced 14 months ago, and already it’s in trouble. Based on what is being reported in local media, it seems that the HSE have had to cut the service as a result of an increasing overtime bill for the whole North Cork HSE region.

“This is wholly unfair. Prior to these cuts, there was only one ambulance serving the Millstreet area during the day, with no ambulance on duty at night.

“This service was put in place to deal with the very real concerns that local GPs had about delays in ambulances arriving to call outs in the Millstreet area.

“I am lost as to how this service can be paired back any more than it is already. Lives will be put at risk.

“The nearest ambulances are located 20 minutes away in either Macroom or Kanturk which is simply too far away.

“Millstreet has a population of over 1500 people. There is a need for a daytime ambulance service covering the town, and surrounding hinterland.

“Next week, I will be raising this cut in the Dáil with the Minister for Health. It’s simply unfair, and is yet another attack on services in Rural Ireland,” concluded Moynihan.