Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan – Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD has called on the Minister for Health to ensure that additional ambulances are allocated to the Cavan – Monaghan area to help reduce waiting times.

Deputy Smyth made the call after an incident occurred last weekend which saw a young girl with serious head injuries waiting two and half hours for an ambulance to transport her to hospital.

Deputy Smyth says, “There has been a persistent problem with ambulance waiting times in the Cavan – Monaghan area. The National Ambulance Service simply does not have enough ambulances at its disposal to meet demand. The end result is that people are often waiting too long to be transported to hospital. The ongoing road works on the N2 are adding to the chaos as it has increased the turnaround times for ambulances operating in the region.

“There have been a number of cases in Cavan – Monaghan where people have been waiting over an hour for an ambulance to arrive. The latest incident occurred last Saturday, 8th September where a young girl partaking in a football tournament at the EmyvaleGrounds in Tully was left waiting two and a half hours for an ambulance to transport her to hospital.

“An Advanced Paramedic was on the scene 40 minutes after a call was made to the National Ambulance Service, but the Red Cross had to be called in to provide assistance as there was no ambulance available to transport the girl to hospital. This situation is completely unacceptable and shows that there are simply not enough ambulances stationed in Cavan – Monaghan.

“The current situation cannot be allowed to continue.  It is neither acceptable nor safe.  I am urging Minister Harris to act on this issue and ensure that additional ambulances and paramedics are assigned to this region as a matter of priority. In particular, the National Ambulance Service needs to have an ambulance base in Emyvale until the roadworks on the N2 have been completed.”