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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Unacceptable!

Mary Murphy

Published 02/04/2014|05:36

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SOMEONE is going to die because Killarney's only remaining ambulance spends much of its time dealing with call outs in North Cork.

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SOMEONE is going to die because Killarney's only remaining ambulance spends much of its time dealing with call outs in North Cork.

That was the stark warning from Fianna Fail Cllr John Joe Culloty who claimed this week that Killarney is being left with an "unacceptable and unsafe" level of cover because of call outs across the County Bounds.

These calls can regularly take anywhere up to two or three hours, leaving Killarney without its own emergency ambulance service for prolonged periods, he said.

One of the town's ambulances was substituted in 2013 with an Intermediate Care Vehicle (ICV), but Cllr Culloty insisted this was not a proper replacement and does not provide full emergency cover.

"The only way it will change is if something bad does happen and the truth is really that it's only a matter of time," Cllr Culloty warned.

William Merriman, Area Operations Manager with the National Ambulance Service said the ICV was a more efficient use of resources and a "better match for the needs of the area".

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