Ambulance Service seek €3m to secure 24 hour service for Tuam

Date Published : October 26th, 2014    Published By : admin

The HSE National Ambulance Service is to seek funding in the next budget to secure a 24 hour ambulance service for Tuam, Co. Galway. There is currently an ambulance station in Tuam, however it is not manned on a 24 hour basis.

Minister Kathleen Lynch stated recently that funding of €3 million is being sought to improve response times and staff ambulance stations on a full-time basis in the west. “The western area poses significant challenges to target response times due to its rural nature and road network. Two independent national reviews are underway to improve the service and a number of new reforms are in place to increase response times and provide greater coverage.”

Galway West TD Colm Keaveney told Minister Lynch that an area in North Galway which includes Tuam was known locally as ‘The Bermuda Triangle’ due to the poor response time of ambulance services. In response, the Minister says that €3.6 million in funding and 43 staff were provided for this year, but agreed with Deputy Keaveney that a lot more is required.

Published: 26/10/14 at 16.00
Pic: Courtesy Brendan Gilligan

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