Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD, has called for an independent audit into the ambulance service.
Deputy Kelleher was responding to the revelation that an ambulance transporting a transplant patient from Cork to Dublin broke down on the outskirts of Dublin having ran out of diesel.
“I find it appalling and wholly unacceptable that an ambulance transporting a seriously ill patient for a life-saving operation broke down because it ran out of fuel,” said Deputy Kelleher.
“I am calling on Minister James Reilly to immediately set in train a full independent audit of the ambulance service. There is something seriously wrong with the system if an ambulance is allowed to run out of fuel. We also need a thorough investigation into this particular incident; the circumstances leading up to the breakdown need to be examined in detail.
“This is not the first high profile incident involving the ambulance service in the past number of months and it seems to me that since there was a reconfiguration of services, the ambulance service is being stretched and staff are being put under enormous pressure.
“It is imperative that Ireland’s ambulance service is maintained properly and that all ambulances are fully roadworthy at all times. This involves investment and Minister Reilly must ensure the service is adequately resourced. Patient safety is being put at risk and immediate action is needed before a life is lost.”