Date Released: 02 March 2015
SIPTU has called on the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to immediately release the capacity review into the National Ambulance Service. Speaking today at the Labour Party Conference in Killarney, SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: "The creation of 50 paramedic positions in the West of Ireland is a step in the right direction.
“However, what is required is the publication of the capacity review of the National Ambulance Service.
"Our members are deeply concerned about the direction of the ambulance service and demanded a capacity review in February 2014. One year later we are still waiting.”
Paul Bell added: “If the National Ambulance Service is to function at the level that the HIQA is demanding, and the public and communities deserve, then the Government needs to seriously invest in recruitment and resources.
“The time has come for the Government to provide leadership and the public with confidence that the National Ambulance Service is safe, fully resourced and fit for purpose”