SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 15th December) expressed deep concerns over the high level of pressure on ambulance, fire and emergency services across the country.
Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, SIPTU Ambulance Sector Organiser, Ted Kenny said: “In order for a proper discussion to take place on the resources required for the State’s ambulance services, it is an absolute imperative that the recommendations of the NAS Capacity Review and any future reviews are fully resourced and implemented.”
We also raised the issues affecting our members in regard to meal breaks, extended duty and traveling large distances out of their geographical areas. The reality is 2000 staff and 100 new ambulances are needed to address the shortfalls along with an education program aimed at GP’s and the wider community on what the appropriate call to the ambulance service should be to help elevate the A&E waiting times.”
SIPTU Industrial Organiser for Dublin Fire Brigade, Geoff McEvoy, said: “The huge advances made by our members from the ground up are testament to our credibility in the area of improving the ambulance and fire based EMS service through the development of ambulance and fire personnel and services. However, a chronic shortage in both personnel and resources is adding significantly to the pressures on the service.”