Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Dublin North-West

14 December 2015

Dublin Fire Brigade should control 999 service – McAuliffe

Fianna Fáil’s Leader on Dublin City Council Cllr Paul McAuliffe is calling for the full publication of the Brady Report and the implementation of its recommendations.

According to Cllr McAuliffe, the unpublished report says that responsibility for funding Dublin’s ambulance service should be removed from the HSE and taken over by the Department of the Environment (DOE).

The report also says that Dublin Fire Brigade should retain full control of 999 emergency calls and the despatching of ambulances in the city.

“I am committed to a ‘fire based emergency service’ in Dublin and to the reported recommendation that funding be allocated through the DOE directly to the council.

“The HIQA report made serious recommendations regarding the ambulance service operated in the city and the City Manager and the Minister must move quickly to implement the findings of this report,” urged Cllr McAuliffe.

He warned “Transferring these to the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) as called for by both Dublin City Council and the HSE, would have an adverse effect on patient care.

A publication date has yet to be set for the report which was commissioned by the City Council to address concerns highlighted by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in December last year.

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