Meeting held to resolve Civil Defence PHECC issue

Date Published : May 16th, 2019    Published By : admin

“I am committed to ensuring the excellent service Civil Defence volunteers provide in terms of emergency medical services continues beyond the 30 July 2019 and I am confident all three parties can reach agreement in the very near future”: – Minister Kehoe T.D.

A meeting between the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, a committee of the County and City Management Association and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council was held yesterday in relation to the provision by Civil Defence Ireland of the continuation emergency medical services by local civil defence branches.

The Department of Defence has confirmed that all three parties met yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 15th May and there was continued positive engagement in line with the clear desire from all parties to resolve the issue, to ensure the emergency medical services provided by Civil Defence volunteers on a weekly basis up and down the country can continue.

Further engagement will take place over the coming weeks.

Minister Kehoe commented: “I have asked my officials to continue the positive and active engagement that commenced at the beginning of the year. “I am committed to ensuring the excellent service Civil Defence volunteers provide in terms of emergency medical services continues beyond the 30 July 2019 and I am confident all three parties can reach agreement in the very near future”.

The Civil Defence Officers Association and Civil Defence volunteers were concerned at the prospect of the organisation not having been granted a licence for medical services. The Minister added “I am conscious that Civil Defence volunteers are anxious about this issue, but I can assure you every effort is being made to ensure Civil Defence volunteers can continue to provide the professional level of service they currently do, while recognising the unique structure of the Civil Defence organisation”.

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Photo: James Doyle / Emergency Times

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