Tuesday 28 March 2017

The modest house that's home to transport service

EMSS headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
EMSS headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

TWO men run Emergency Medical Support Services (EMSS), the company at the centre of the liver transplant transport controversy.

John Kelly (53), a risk management consultant, and Declan Traynor (38), an emergency medical technician, were among the firm's three co-founders when it was set up in 1996.

According to EMSS's most recent accounts, they are now the only employees of the company. The business is run from a Georgian terraced house in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Despite this apparently modest headquarters, EMSS has been contracted by Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin to co-ordinate transport for transplant patients since 1999. It also provides nationwide medical transport services for other organisations.

One of its other major customers is the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), for which the company has been transporting human tissue, such as heart valves, for two years.

According to the IBTS, this work can be quite intensive, with regular movement of tissue materials between different medical facilities.

EMSS has successfully transported over 45 patients for Our Lady's Hospital in the past 12 years. The hospital declined to say how much its contract with EMSS was worth. EMSS also refused to answer questions submitted by the Irish Independent.

Accounts show that Mr Kelly and Mr Traynor earned €55,700 between them in the year up to March 2009 and a similar amount the previous year.

The 2009 accounts showed the company operated at a loss of €68,500 and owed creditors €196,000.

A spokesman said EMSS had nothing to add to statements made earlier this week on the events which led to Meadhbh McGivern missing out on a vital liver transplant operation.

However, in those statements, the company refused to answer several questions about its history, funding and administration, saying the queries were "not applicable".

Irish Independent

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