Ambulance delays ‘putting people at risk’

There is an urgent requirement for additional vehicles and personnel to be provided to the ambulance service

PEOPLE in Killarney in need of urgent medical care are being forced to wait too long for ambulances to arrive to transport them to hospital, it has been claimed.

There is an urgent requirement for additional vehicles and personnel to be provided to the service as, at the moment, there is only one urgent and one transfer ambulance available at the base in the town.

Neily O’Connor: Lengthy ambulance response times are all too common

Highlighting the matter, Killarney local elections candidate Neily O’Connor said lengthy ambulance response times are all too common, particularly in more rural areas, and people are being put at risk because ambulances are not arriving within the recommended 19-minute window.

“This official response time is particularly important in cardiac situations where eight minutes is the target but over the past number of years we have seen compliance with that time limit deteriorate,” said the Fianna Fail candidate.

O’Connor pointed out that ambulances in Dublin and the commuter counties may be responding within 19 minutes but there are obvious problems in Kerry.

“Missing turnaround targets poses a series of problems – not only does it threaten the recovery of the patient, it also makes it more difficult for the paramedics to respond to other call outs,” he stated.

O’Connor has called on Health Minister, Simon Harris, to engage directly with officials to ensure healthcare workers are listened to and that ambulance services are adequately resourced.

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