Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD, has called on the Minister for Health to make a statement on the worrying recent developments with the national ambulance service.
Deputy Kelleher was reacting to the news that an ambulance responding to an emergency for a 3-week-old infant, who later died, was despatched to the wrong county.
“The shocking and tragic news about the ambulance being sent to Cork instead of Kerry this week has further exacerbated the considerable public concern about the ambulance service throughout the country.
“A number of high profile incidents in recent weeks and months involving problems with the ambulance service have left a lot of people in fear about the reliability of this vital service.
“The downgrading of emergency departments in a number of hospitals across the country, especially in rural areas, means that there has to be an exceptionally rapid response for all emergency call outs.
“It is obvious that the ambulance service is under extreme pressure with all calls now centralised to a national call centre in Dublin.
“Minister James Reilly needs to make a statement outlining what has been done to address these issues. The fears and concerns of people need to be allayed and there must be public trust in our emergency services which seem significantly under resourced.
“I also intend to raise this issue directly with the Minister next week in the Dáil.”