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Saturday 21 April 2018

Grieving son left 'absolutely sickened'

Greg Harkin

THE boss of the State's ambulance service should resign or be fired, the grieving son of a woman who waited 50 minutes for an ambulance has said.

National Ambulance Service (NAS) chief Martin Dunne has been heavily criticised for describing his organisation as the "best in the world".

Last night Brendan Porter, whose 70-year-old mother Maura died after being hit by a car as she walked home from church, said: "I'm absolutely sickened by those comments.

Brendan lay down on the road beside his dying mum after she was struck by a car as she walked home from church in Carndonagh, Co Donegal, on December 30.

It took 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and it was an hour and a half between the '999' call and Ms Porter being treated at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

Her son said: "My mother may well be alive today had she reached hospital earlier. We will never ever know, but the doctors in Derry did an incredible job in trying to save my mother and they told us an earlier arrival may have made a difference.

"I think Martin Dunne is either delusional or completely stupid. His remarks were an insult.

He added: "Martin Dunne needs to resign or Dr James Reilly needs to fire him."

Irish Independent

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