Ambulance service a 'lottery', says Browne
A DEPUTATION from Wexford County Council is to meet with Health Minister Leo Varadkar over the lack of an adequate ambulance service in the county.
Cllr Ger Carthy, who is an ambulance worker, raised the issue, saying despite the increase in population in the county, no additional funding has been provided for the ambulance service over the past decade. He called on his fellow councillors to support a move for 24/7 emergency ambulance care in the county. A document was produced outlining the need for 24 hour emergency cover for all four ambulance stations, one patient transport vehicle dedicated to County Wexford for night cover, seven nights per week, dedicated sluice rooms for cleaning equipment, adequate facilities, Wifi installation, an upgraded ambulance station in Gorey and Enniscorthy and regular vehicle replacement, among other requests.
Cllr Carthy said: 'We are in negotiation with management about improving the situation from Thursday to Saturday night. Four to six extra staff are needed.'
The meeting heard how a Wexford man Dan Berry died as a result of an ambulance not being able to reach him due to no fault of the ambulance staff in Wexford.
Cllr James Browne said the ambulance service in the county is a lottery. 'One ambulance is covering Enniscorthy one night and New Ross the next night.'
Cllr Michael Whelan said it can take an ambulance an hour to get from Enniscorthy to The Hook area.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne suggested having a deputation from the council to meet with the minister on the issue.
Cllr Fionntain O Suilleabhain said he was reassured recently that there would be full time cover in the county from Thursday to Sunday, saying the council needs to continue.