Following the RTE prime time special on the Ambulance Service Senator Mark Daly and Councillors John Joe Culloty as well as the Fianna Fail Candidates in the Killarney Electoral Area are calling on the National Ambulance Service to honour their commitment to review the ambulance service in Kerry.
Representatives from the HSE’s National Ambulance Service and senior HSE management met with GPs, public representatives and community groups in South Kerry on the 3rd of September 2013 to update them on plans to modernise the National Ambulance Service operations in the region. At that meeting the National Ambulance Service and senior HSE management gave a commitment that they would meet with all public representatives and review the effect of the reduced service on the people of Kerry with in 6 months this has not happened.
“the effect of the loss of the 2nd emergency ambulances based in Killarney as a result of the cuts to service following the meeting in September 2013 has been disastrous. Lives are being put at risk” said Senator Daly “we now have a situation of critically ill people and road traffic victims waiting hours for an ambulance to arrive, in some instances the tow truck arrives before the ambulance”
The Fianna Fail candidates in the Killarney Electoral area Councillor John Joe Culloty, Councillor Anne McEllistrum, Niall Kelleher, John O’Shea are campaign for the return of the 2nd emergency ambulance to Killarney. Todate they have distributed 20,000 leaflets informing the people of the area of the risk to lives caused by the loss of ambulance. The reinstatement of the ambulance will be the centre of the local elections in the Killarney local election area.