Sunday 21 January 2018

Carthy 'shocked' by revelations of RTE programme

Independent local election candidate Ger Carthy
Independent local election candidate Ger Carthy

Wexford ambulance service employee and Independent local election candidate Ger Carthy said he was 'somewhat shocked' by the Prime Time revelations.

'Was it balanced? I would say it wasn't. Was it accurate? Some of it was,' said the paramedic supervisor.

Ger said the real issue is that the service in Wexford and the rest of the country is under-resourced.

'You can only do what you can with what you have,' he said.

He said a recent submission by SIPTU on behalf of the national ambulance service to a joint Oireachtas Committee outlined that Scotland with a population of 5.2 million has an ambulance budget of €241 million while Ireland has a €138.5 budget for a population of 4.8 million.

Ger said the HSE is in advanced negotiations to change the roster in County Wexford to allow four ambulances to be made available at night for each of the four main towns.

'At the end of the day, it's down to money. If you had more money, you'd have more ambulances. It's a case of austerity bites back,' he added.

Gorey Guardian

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