Senator Mark Daly commenting on the case in which an elderly walker fell and subsequently had to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive has described the incident as ‘deeply upsetting, avoidable and utterly unacceptable’
Pensioner John Williams (70) sadly passed away on the 1st of October 2013 as a result of injuries suffered during a fall on Clogher Beach, on the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry. Tragically, Mr Williams suffered spinal injuries after he lost balance whilst walking on a path and configuration of rough rocks the 24th of July 2013. An inquest, initiated in February 2015, is being held into the incident and recently highlighted the duration Mr Williams had to wait before being attended to an ambulance.
Senator Mark Daly has previously highlighted the under resourced nature of the ambulance service in Kerry. The government in recent cutbacks have withdrawn two ambulances from the Killarney area. Subsequently, the situation has deteriorated to the point whereby ambulances from Tralee, Dingle, Kenmare, Caherciveen, and Listowel are now expected to cover a wider geographic area. Senator Daly points out that ‘Response times have increased to the point that in many cases they are three times greater than the guidelines outlined by the HSE themselves’.
Senator Daly further highlighted the need for ‘These essential services to be restored thereby reducing the patient wait time and increasing the chances of survival for anyone in a critical condition awaiting transportation to hospital’.
In relation to the case of Mr Willliams who suffered irreparable spinal injuries, Senator Daly has outlined that the waiting time of two hours was ‘unsatisfactory and a direct consequence of the governments cut-backs in the Kerry ambulance service’.