Senator joins calls for better ambulance responses locally

Ambulance response times locally are putting lives in jeopardy.

That’s according to Fianna Fail senator Robbie Gallagher who raised the issue in the Seanad yesterday, highlighting incidents in Monaghan in which ambulance response times were over two hours.

Local TD Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin highlighted the incident over the Christmas period which saw a person who collapsed in the shopping complex in Monaghan town while another person had a serious fall in their home and both had to wait over two hours for an ambulance.

Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny last week highlighted the story of a child who fell ill was taken to Cavan Hospital by a local GP in the back of a car because an ambulance would have taken 45 minutes to get there.

HIQA guidelines state that an ambulance should arrive at the scene of a life threatening emergency in less than 19 minutes in 80 percent of cases and Senator Gallagher states that these guidelines need to be met locally: