Fine Gael’s Cllr Peggy Nolan is claiming that lives are being put at risk because Longford is the only county that does not have an adequate ambulance service.
The Longford electoral area candidate added, “I have been campaigning for an on the spot twenty four hour overtime ambulance service based in Longford for some time and effectively getting nowhere.”
Cllr Nolan continued, “Longford is the only county in Ireland which does not have access to overtime, meaning that if you or I have a heart attack or stroke or another medical condition out of hours, an ambulance has to come from Portlaoise or somewhere else in the country – meanwhile time is ticking by and the golden hour has passed. Those sixty minutes are crucial and can save a life.
“Because of the special circumstances Longford faces I am calling on the Midland Regional Manager to demand an urgent acute service and a total reform of the Ambulance Service.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin candidate Barbara Smyth said she was ‘absolutely horrified’ by RTE’s Prime Time investigation into the ambulance service.
She stated, “Emergency rapid response vehicles out of action due to them being used to attend meetings is simply not on. I very much hope Longford ambulance service is the exception to the trend I saw on TV. When lives depend on these vehicles being available, they must be used in the correct fashion.”