Friday 21 July 2017

Paramedics to walk out in protest at old base

Workers claim there is a leaking roof, water running into electrical sockets, exposed insulation with mould spores and major sewerage problems Stock photo: Getty
Workers claim there is a leaking roof, water running into electrical sockets, exposed insulation with mould spores and major sewerage problems Stock photo: Getty

Sarah Slater

Paramedics at one of the country's busiest ambulance divisions are to stage a walkout on Monday.

The 15 paramedics belonging to the Carlow division said they have continually asked HSE management to upgrade or move the base. The temporary Portakabin, now 15 years old, is located on the grounds of the old District Hospital in Carlow town and serves almost 57,000 people.

Workers claim there is a leaking roof, water running into electrical sockets, exposed insulation with mould spores and major sewerage problems.

Once the first rostered paramedics turn up for work at 7am on Monday, they will drive with their ambulances and equipment to the Kilkenny base 45km away and work from there. This will result in response times being unacceptably longer.

A meeting in Carlow between the paramedics, the National Ambulance Service and HSE management resulted in the ambulance staff walking out.

The HSE said negotiations would continue.

Irish Independent

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