Concerns over what was termed “a crisis in ambulance services” across west, north west and midland counties was highlighted by a number of councillors at yesterday’s HSE West Forum meeting.
At the start of the virtual meeting, Donegal councillor Gerry Crawford outlined serious concerns about the times being taken for ambulances to arrive at emergencies in Donegal, but he said, it was not just in Donegal, as he was aware of problems in counties across the region, with ambulance crews covering huge geographical areas.
He insisted a new approach to the management of the ambulance service in the region is now urgently required and called for an independent review of the service.
The councillor was supported in his view by councillors from counties across the region and they called for a full meeting of the Forum to be held to discuss the crisis and to look for solutions.
Saolta CEO Tony Canavan said that the new Head of Ambulance Services in the region John Joe McGowan was not in attendance at yesterday’s meeting, but said he would be in attendance at the next meeting of the Forum.
Eventually after extensive discussion it was agreed that the issue will be discussed at Committee level at the next meeting of the authority.