Working in the Community, Working for the Community

Motion re Ambulance Service:

“That Dáil Éireann:

acknowledging the:

selfless dedication to their work of the paramedics in our ambulance service;

high quality of care that they provide; and

uniquely pressurised nature of the work they undertake;

recognises that:

there is nationwide concern and disquiet about the provision of ambulance services;

this situation can be exacerbated by delays in accident and emergency wards;

in 2013 only one in every three people with life-threatening conditions were responded to within the target time;

delays in ambulance response times far exceed both national and international accepted norms;

large areas of the population right across the country are regularly left without any local ambulance cover;

the Health Service Executive lowered the ambulance response time targets to 80 per cent in 2012 and 70 per cent in 2013; and

the centralisation of control and dispatch has led to concerns about a lack of local knowledge and the impact that can have;

notes that:

the Republic of Ireland, with a population of 4.6 million, has an ambulance service that employs less than 1,600 staff and an annual budget of €137.4 million;

Northern Ireland, with a population of 1.7 million, has an ambulance service that employs just fewer than 1200 staff with an annual budget of £62 million (€78 million); and

Scotland, with a population of 5.3 million, has an ambulance service that employs over 4,500 staff with an annual budget of £203.5 million (€258 million);

believes that:

while paramedics do their utmost to provide a service to the highest international standards, this is impossible with current budgets;

it is essential that paramedics be properly resourced to carry out their work; and

such resources are not currently forthcoming from the Government; and
calls for the ambulance service to be appropriately resourced so as to ensure a safe and efficient service nationwide.”

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