Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said that the government cuts to the Kerry Ambulance service will result in ‘Death by Geography’ in the county because there are not enough ambulances to cover the large rural area. The most recent case was of a man who was coughing up blood but had to wait 55 minutes for an ambulance to arrive
Senator Mark Daly have revealed a HSE report which shows 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 have been backed by the HSE commissioned 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 report commissioned by the HSE blames Ireland’s “high rurality” for not reaching the target times set by the HSE however, Senator Daly commented ‘The government is to blame 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. 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. To have a man waiting nearly an hour for an ambulance while coughing up blood is unacceptable, fortunately the delay on this occasion was not fatal ”