Cashel’s Cllr Martin Browne is calling on the HSE to confirm or deny if the cutting of transport for a 78-year-old man, and another man who is a double amputee, is due to some of the savings which would be made in the health services in the recent budget.
The 78-year-old was in Waterford for an appointment the day before the budget and used the bus ambulance. He received another appointment for last Tuesday, and when he rang to arrange a seat on the same bus he was told that as he is mobile and able to walk, he would have to arrange his own transport.
“This man is attending hospital because of problems with his legs and it is crazy that he cannot now access this service,” said Cllr Browne. The gentleman who is a double amputee was in Cork hospital the week of the budget and had rang for the ambulance. Instead of sending a wheelchair-accessible bus the HSE sent an ordinary car. With difficulty the family managed to get their father in this transport so as to make his appointment. On leaving Cork he received another date to return to his doctor. Upon arriving home the family rang to arrange transport and were shocked to be told that as he was able to use a car he no longer fitted the criteria for this form of transport. Both of these gentlemen have had to pay for private transport instead. The SF Cllr slams these decisions and calls for a reversal of budget cuts.