Offaly TD says ambulance response times are 'dangerously slow'
Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan has called on the Tánaiste Simon Coveney to account for poor ambulance response times in rural areas.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Nolan reminded the Tánaiste that the optimum time to reach a patient in a life threatening situation is eight minutes. A report commissioned by the HSE last year stated that this target has been met in just one out of fifteen cases in rural Ireland.
“There have been numerous cases in recent times where ambulances have taken more than one hour to reach patients. The policy of dynamic deployment is not working and the situation is in fact worse in many respects, as staff members are travelling to incidents all over the State, irrespective of distance," Nolan remarked.
Deputy Nolan asked the Tánaiste to advise what action is being taken to improve response times in rural areas and asked if the recommendations of the ambulance review are being implemented.
She also asked the Tánaiste to advise what additional staff and resources have been put in place in line with the commitment under the Programme for Government.
The Tánaiste advised that he will solicit a response from Minister for Health Simon Harris and would refer back to Deputy Nolan with a response in due course.
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