Spatial Analysis Study of the Clare Ambulance Service must be published immediately – BREEN.

January 15th, 2009 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has called for the immediate publication of the Spatial Analysis Study of the Clare Ambulance Service claiming that the service is under currently “under resourced and over reliant on on-call services”.

“Our excellent Ambulance crews are continuously fighting to give their patients the best medical help in a system in which penny pinching practices are increasing. Twelve months ago I raised this matter with the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and in a reply from the HSE I was advised that they were in the process of undertaking this Study yet twelve months there is still no sign of it.”

“In the meantime the staffing levels in this County have remained static with no indication as to when we can expect the Scarrif Station to operate 24/7. The provision of a 24/7 service in rural isolated areas is essential. All serious trauma cases are now transferred direct to the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick and according to recent reports further services are to be centralised in Limerick. There is huge apprehension in West Clare, Kilrush Town is 80Km from Limerick with other areas of the West Clare peninsula more remotely isolated.”

“The provision of advanced paramedics should be seen as additional staff to their centres but as part of the centres’ crewing numbers and each ambulance centre in Clare should have these highly trained personnel available to them on location.”

“I would appeal to the Health Minister and the HSE as the curtain comes down on another year to immediately published the Spatial Analysis Study; if efforts are not made to address and reorganise the ambulance service in County Clare, patients lives could be lost.”