‘Ongoing’review of hospital ambulance services -Hayes

Deputy Tom Hayes TD has received clarification on the claims that Cashel is to lose an ambulance due to changes to driver rosters.

Deputy Hayes says he has held discussions with the Health Minister James Reilly on the issue and has been assured by him that no change has taken place at Cashel Ambulance Station in respect of cover or rostering arrangements.

“The Minister did say that an ongoing review of service provision is taking place including rostering arrangements and resource allocation. Traditionally the ambulance service has been responsible for providing ambulance and transport services to acute hospitals and other medical facilities. The National Ambulance Service has introduced an Intermediate Care Service in order to provide transport for patients in order to reduce the reliance on emergency ambulances and free them up for emergency calls.

In relation to changes to rostering, discussions are continuing between management, staff and trade unions. Minister Hayes said he would continue to fight for the retention of all existing ambulances in the Cashel region.

“I will continue to work closely with the Department and also the Action Committee of which I am a member, to ensure that services in the local area are maintained,” he said. Meanwhile, Deputy Mattie McGrath has called on the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) to give a clear and unambiguous clarification surrounding threats to the level of ambulance cover in the Tipperary region, particularly in South Tipperary. “This is an issue that I fear is going to have a seriously adverse impact on the health of those within the catchment area which the Emergency Ambulance service based in Cashel serves.” Deputy McGrath described as “utterly despicable” any attempts to move responsibility for proposed changes on to the staff themselves.


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