Responding to the publication of the HIQA ambulance review today, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher said he was deeply concerned by some of the findings especially with regard to the management of the service.

Deputy Kelleher commented: “While the report rightly says that there have been many positive developments in our ambulance services over the past 10 years, the HIQA review of pre-hospital care emergency services is a cause for great concern.

“The most disquieting finding is that there is a lack of effective leadership, clear strategic planning and ongoing constructive cooperation between management and staff in the National Ambulance Service. This must be acted on with the greatest of urgency. It is very alarming that a number of staff reported they did not have appropriate technical knowledge for their positions.

“The disjointed relationship between the National Ambulance Service and the Dublin Fire Brigade is also highlighted in the review. Both bodies should move swiftly to publish the joint action plans HIQA is recommending.

“It is clear that there is a need for more resources in our ambulance services just as it is clear that there is a need to manage better those resources. The government must act on the former and the NAS must act on the latter.”