Urgent action needed to address ambulance response times: Sinn Féin

The government is being warned that communities are facing dangerous delays in ambulance response times.

Launching its ambulance campaign Sinn Féin has called for more investment in public ambulances.

The party says the health service needs to reduce its reliance on private operators.

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly says urgent action is needed.

"In the last five years the government has spent €25m on private ambulances. We want to see that money directed straight into public services.

"We also want to see the fleet revamped. There are ambulances driving around at the moment with over 300,000 kms on the clock. We wanat to see investment in personnel and want to see ambulances getting to people when they need them."


Related Articles

More in this Section

Refurbished Bewley's Café 'to feature chocolate factory and bakery'

Locals in Belfast suburb heard murdered woman's screams, says MLA

Party to celebrate history of Moore Street today

Young sailors rescued in Dún Laoghaire after Storm Brian hits


Today's Stories

Two die in Cork and Wicklow while working to repair storm damage

Banks facing fines for tracker mortgage scandal

Judge reveals €17,000 overcharging ‘to give heart to others’

Extra bill for HSE as delay hits €33m hospital system

Lifestyle

A helicopter put a piano on the 150-foot roof of Blarney Castle and other stories from the Cork Jazz Festival archives

Jazz Memories: Famous faces share their favourite moments

Live music review: The Horrors - Icy genius in a thrillingly intimate setting

Choosing a sheltered spot for Maples is vital

More From The Irish Examiner