CONCERNS about how the ambulance operates in Naas area are set to be raised in Dail Eireann this week.
Independent TD Catherine Murphy told the Leader she intends to ask about how long it is likely to take an ambulance to arrive at the scene of an incident.
“I also want to know what the level of cover provided is. The last thing I want to be doing is highlighting examples of where the service has failed,” Dep. Murphy said.
Dep. Murphy’s concerns follow the sudden death of a motorist from County Waterford, off the Kilcullen Road, on May 19.
The Leader reported last week that the incident happened close to the Kilcullen Road roundabout and the Esmondale housing estate shortly before 8am and claimed the life of Patrick Meaney (46) of Drumore, Cappoquin.
It’s understood Mr. Meaney had come from the Blessington Road area and was returning home. His 11 year old daughter, who was with him, was not seriously injured.
Dep. Murphy did not want to comment on claims that it took 25 minutes for the ambulance to arrive at the scene.
“We’ve no way of knowing if it would have made a difference. It is difficult to figure what level of service we have because it is provided from different locations and there is also a motorcycle service providing triage coverage but sometimes this is not appropriate,” Dep. Murphy said.
She said cutting costs is not the same as reforming the system. “I’m not against reform but it should mean you have front line services when and where you need them. There is no point in reforming hospital service if you cant get to the hospital.”
In a statement on Monday evening the HSE said the reponse time to the emergency call following the accident was within the national response time target of 18 minutes and 59 seconds. The call was received at 7.47am and an ambulance arrived within 16 minutes. A second ambulance with an emergency crew was there within 19 minutes.
- Paul O’Meara