LIVES are being put at risk due to ambulance turnaround times not being met in Mayo, according to Castlebar-based TD, Lisa Chambers.
Deputy Chambers was commenting after Fianna Fáil received information from the HSE about turnaround times at every hospital in the country that receives emergency ambulances.
The report shows that only 10.5 percent of ambulances at Mayo University Hospital actually met the recommended 20 minute turnaround time, something which Deputy Chambers described as ‘a scandal’. “The problem affects every county but the Mayo figures are particularly poor,” she said. “This is nothing short of a scandal. The reality of this is that every minute an ambulance is stuck at the hospital is time where it is not available for someone else who may need help. There is good reason we have set turnaround times; lives will be lost of this situation is not addressed.”
The Fianna Fáil politician pointed out that there is no abundance of ambulances in the county
“ I have raised the issue many times that Mayo has far too few ambulances to cater for a county with such a large geographic size. To find out that the few ambulances we do have are not even being turned around within the required deadline of 20 minutes is deeply concerning.
“Ambulances are not being turned around quickly enough due to the pressure our Emergency Department is under. It is clear that the problems being faced by our Emergency Department is having a severely detrimental effect on our ambulance service and this needs urgent attention,” she stated.