Breen welcomes establishment of permanent Air Ambulance.

July 17th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare Deputy and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed the news that the Ministers for Health and Defence have established the Air ambulance service on a permanent basis.

A joint project of the National Ambulance Service and the Air Corps, the pilot Emergency Aeromedical Support Service (EAS) has been operating on a pilot basis since 2012, providing dedicated aeromedical support to the National Ambulance Service (NAS), particularly for patients in the West where land ambulance transit times would not be clinically appropriate.

“I am very delighted that the Air Ambulance Service has now been established on a permanent basis. The Air Ambulance operated jointly by the Irish Air Corps and the National Ambulance Service, with back-up provided by the Irish Coast Guard has proved to be a vital service in supporting patients especially in the West and North of Clare where ambulances times by road are longer. It has supported the timely delivery of medical care to patients, particularly those who are seriously injured or who require immediate transport to hospital and last year, the service completed 16 missions here in County Clare.”

A Working Group involving the Departments of Health and Defence and the HSE was set up by the Government to examine if there was a need for a dedicated emergency aeromedical service on a permanent basis. The Government has now accepted their recommendation and have established the service on a permanent basis.

“I have lobbied for some time to have this service established on a permanent basis. I commend all those involved in providing the service and I am delighted that the people of County Clare now have access permanently to this valuable service.”

ENDS

QUESTION NO: 130

To ask the Minister for Defence the number of missions carried out by a service (details supplied) in County Clare in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

DEPUTY PAT BREEN.

FOR WRITTEN ANSWER ON WEDNESDAY, 17TH JUNE, 2015.

REPLY

Minister for Defence (Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D.):

The pilot Emergency Aeromedical Support (EAS) service, as operated by the Air Corps, completed 16 missions in County Clare during 2014.