Extra Ambulance Services in Kerry are Urgently Needed as Shortage is Putting Lives at Risk

At the Seanad Commencement Matter on 15th July 2015, I asked the Minister of State Kathleen Lynch to outline when extra emergency ambulance services will be allocated to Kerry as the current shortage of emergency ambulances in Kerry is putting lives at risk.

There are not enough ambulances available in Kerry to meet demand. The Minister has said they are continuing to work on the intermediate care services and expanding the number of community first responders.

However, the main issue remains that there are simply not enough ambulances. I ask the Minister to look at how much it actually costs as a result of less ambulances available. The fact is that it costs much more if appropriate services are not facilitated on the outset. I am disappointed that the Minister has not recognised this concern but I will continue to work on getting a satisfactory solution to this matter.

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