Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said that a new report proves that the government cuts to the Kerry Ambulance service will result in fatalities and ‘Death by Geography’ in Kerry because there are not enough ambulances to cover a large rural area. The report, by UK consultancy Lightfoot Solutions, has sparked controversy throughout rural Ireland.
Figures released by the HSE following a long investigation by Senator Mark Daly have revealed that every day in Kerry a critically ill patent could be waiting up to an hour for an ambulance. The response time uncovered by Senator Daly has been backed by the new report revealing ‘shocking facts that in some emergency cases in the county it will take 3 times as long to reach the patient as the recommended target set by the HSE themselves.’
The new report blames Ireland’s “high rurality” for not reaching the target times set by the HSE however, Senator Daly commented ‘They should be blaming the government for cutting the 2 emergency Ambulances that cover the Killarney area which in turn is taking emergency ambulances from Tralee, Dingle, Kenmare, Caherciveen and Listowel. The decision to remove the 2 emergency ambulances is resulting in people dying unnecessarily in Kerry, it also means that those who have strokes and heart attacks are not getting treatment immediately, therefore stay longer in hospitals and need more help in recovery and more care in the long term which is costing more in the long run. These figures reveal that the emergency ambulances must be returned to Kerry immediately, at the moment the HSE is playing Russia roulette with the lives of people in Kerry.
Senator Mark Daly stated “People have a right to expect that they will receive a safe and timely response in the event of life-threatening emergencies.”