Kerrane expects ambulance service breakthrough

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane says the move to a 24/7 ambulance service in West Roscommon has been secured.

Deputy Kerrane said: “One of my first priorities after my election as a TD was to address the ambulance service in West Roscommon, which, despite long been identified as an ambulance blackspot, only had a limited service with no cover at the base at night-time during the week or during the day over the weekend.

“To me, this was unacceptable, particularly given the commitment on the back of the closure of our A&E in Roscommon that we would have a state-of-the-art rapid response ambulance service in place. Instead, we got a part-time ambulance service for our area”.

Deputy Kerrane said that she recently met with the Director of the National Ambulance Service to raise concern that Loughglynn was not operating on a 24/7 basis, despite the level of calls it was dealing with, and the fact that the travel time to the nearest A&E is much further away than many other ambulance bases.

This week she said: “The Director committed to carry out a report to address the concerns I had raised, and has shared that report with me. After speaking with the Director, I have been informed that, based on the findings of the report, Loughglynn has to go 24/7.

“The report looks at the level of calls dealt with by Loughglynn (among other matters) between January 2019 and October 2020 – a staggering total of 4,259 calls.

“I am delighted that 24/7 status has been secured for Loughglynn and I will continue to push this issue until this commitment becomes a reality. I know this will not happen overnight, but the report presented to me has, in itself, made the argument and the figures don’t lie”.

Paying tribute to the ambulance personnel, Deputy Kerrane concluded: “This is a good day for the health service in Roscommon and I am grateful to the Director for his assistance and detailed report on the issue”.