Wednesday 20 February 2019

Ambulance crew suspended for refusing to transport sick child to Dublin after 12-hour shift

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Anne Marie Walsh

AN ambulance crew in Cork was suspended for refusing to transport a patient to Dublin, a union has confirmed.

It is understood that the patient was a sick child and was later brought to hospital by another crew.

Sources said other crew members refused to work in support of their suspended colleagues following the incident earlier this week.

They said they gave the HSE an ultimatum to reinstate the crew members.

A spokesperson for the National Ambulance Service Representative Association - a branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, confirmed that the crew were asked to make a run to Dublin at the end of a 12-hour shift on Thursday morning.

He said they made an assessment on health and safety grounds that it would be unsafe to make the journey after working long hours.

In a statement, the HSE said it is satisfied that there was no impact regarding continuity of service.

"The National Ambulance Service is currently investigating an issue that occurred locally and would therefore not be in a position to comment any further at this time," it said.

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