'People will die', says HSE worker

Published 27/03/2014 | 05:26

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THAT was the stark warning of a local member of the ambulance service ahead of a revealing Prime Time programme on RTE 1 tonight.

"People will die and it's all down to a lack of resources," said a HSE employee who spoke to The Corkman on the condition of anonymity.

Our source said the slashing of the Millstreet ambulance in December 2012 along with the "unattainable" time frame of seven minutes and 59 seconds to reach life threatening call-outs in the mammoth geographical region of Duhallow will lead to "unnecessary deaths".

A special RTÉ documentary being screened tonight (Thursday) exposes the National Ambulance Service's failure to respond to emergencies within target times, putting lives at risk.

The programme reveals that only one in every three people (30%) with life threatening conditions were responded to within the target time.

Our source pointed out: "Just how can an ambulance go from Mallow to Rockchapel in seven minutes and 59 seconds, or go from Macroom to Boherbue. It's just ludicrous."

Citing a litany of delays, break-downs and of ambulances simply getting the wrong directions since the call centre was moved to Dublin, Deputy Michael Moynihan said: "These problems are leading to significant delays and are putting people's lives at risk."

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