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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Ambulances

This year
# midwest
Ambulances will be able to bring patients 'directly' to Ennis instead of Limerick from Monday
The region has seen record breaking overcrowding in recent days.
Last year
# Delays
Over 110 complaints made to ambulance service last year, with almost half in Munster
A spokeswoman said the National Ambulance Service receives over 365,000 emergency calls a year.
# Mayo
Mayo hospital staff face 'extraordinary and overwhelming' conditions as Covid cases mount
The INMO said face mask mandates need to be reintroduced.
# ambulance delays
'Very high demand' for ambulance services in the Dublin region, HSE says
The health service has said those calling for non-urgent or non-life threatening emergencies “may experience delays”.
All time
# Under Pressure
Ireland's ambulance crisis: 'There are units going from hundreds of kilometres away to get to Dublin'
One paramedic detailed how the Dublin callouts had left large swathes of the country without adequate paramedic cover.
Large numbers of emergency calls in Dublin in recent days have put pressure on the ambulance service, writes Garreth MacNamee.
Paramedics are having to be diverted from other parts of the country under a system which has been widely criticised.
# 24 Hours
500 ambulance staff beginning 24-hour strike today in a row over union recognition
Workers have already staged work stoppages in January, February and March.
# industrial unrest
Day three of nurses' strike: INMO denies that pay increases would lead to public sector 'free-for-all'
Three more strikes are due to take place next Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
# Trade Union
Ambulance staff announce three more days of strike action
The dispute centres on a row over trade union membership.
# war tactics
'Indiscriminate and widespread destruction': Ambulances repeatedly targeted in Syria
How the ‘weaponisation of healthcare’ is being used as a war tactic.
Paramedics say new lunch arrangements 'show no regard for them'
“These rules would not be tolerated in any other section of the workforce.”
# Nee Naw Nee Naw
HSE ambulances broke down over 200 times last year
One ambulance is still in service after travelling over 400,000km.
# lack of ambulances
Dublin Fire Brigade to be balloted on strike action
Siptu says a lack of ambulances means firefighters are overworked and under-resourced.
# Temple Street
Power outage at Temple Street stops operations and affects ambulance services
A spokeswoman said the outage demonstrates the need for a new children’s hospital.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.
# 999
The introduction of Eircode has "saved lives", minister says
Communications Minister Denis Naughten says ambulances are now reaching houses quicker.
# Netherlands
Gang used fake ambulances to smuggle heroin and cocaine worth €2.3 BILLION into UK
The elaborate 14-month scheme involved bogus “patients” and fake paramedic costumes.
# emergency situation
Health service scandals: Leo Varadkar faced some tough questions today
The health minister said that he has “no doubt” that many more such stories will come to light in the months to come.
# Crashes
Ambulance with patient on board overturns after being hit from side
Two ambulances were involved in separate crashes this morning.
# modifications
Defences Forces find solution to keep ambulances worth €900k on the road
Smaller crews had difficulty lifting stretchers in and out of the ambulances.
# Dispute
Dublin firefighters still considering strike action over ambulance changes
Members of Dublin City Council met with trade union representatives today.
# 999 emergency
Dublin firefighters to vote on industrial action over ambulance dispatch move
The National Ambulance Service will be taking all Dublin calls from now on – but firefighters aren’t happy with the move.
# Miles to Go
48 ambulances have over 400,000km on the clock
Garda vehicles retire at 300,000 kilometres.
# emma sloan
Teenager's death could lead to wider availability of Epipens
Epipens, discretionary medical cards and medicinal marijuana all came up in today’s Oireachtas Health Committee meeting. There was even a Beyoncé & Jay Z reference.
# Ambulances
HIQA writes to HSE twice over risks to patients in emergency departments
The issue centred on what the HSE is doing to mitigate the risks to patients who are waiting transfers in EDs to inpatient beds.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Everyone’s talking about mother and baby homes, a homeless shelter and the death of Rik Mayall.
"Impossible response times" being demanded from paramedics
NASRA made the comments after figures showed that ambulances spent 8,000 hours parked outside hospitals in April.
# Parking Break
Ambulances spent 8,000 hours parked outside hospitals in April
In total, just 37 per cent of the 16,333 attendances in April were clear within 20 minutes.
# emergency state
TD slams €1.74 million spend on ambulance parking, "but not one cent" for new vehicles
Crews from other locations are being deployed through the new ambulance stations at ‘black spots’ in Tuam, Mulranny and Loughglynn.
# Ambulances
'More people and more vehicles': Fianna Fáil's solution to the 'crisis' in the ambulance service
The party has tabled a motion on the ambulance service for debate in the Dáil tonight and tomorrow and reckons that the service needs 400 extra staff.
# Leaders' Questions
Ambulance service is "failing miserably", Howlin told
Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín said the current system was unacceptable. Minister Howlin told the Dáil a HIQA review would lead to a ‘refined and improved’ service.
# Health Committee
Government accused of targeting people with Down Syndrome in medical card removal
The issues were discussed at a Health Committee this morning.
# want answers
Reilly accused of needing Prime Time programme to be aired before taking action
The Health Minister was questioned on a range of health care topic in the Dáil today.
# Oireachtas agenda
A motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter, ambulances and young people in care
What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…
# Prime Numbers
John Waters, ambulances, and Bryan Dobson: The week in numbers
Plus: How many Irish people don’t exercise at all?
# Emergency Services
"I'm not in denial of anything" - Ambulance chief defends 'best in the world' comment
Martin Dunne has stood by his words on a Prime Time investigation which detailed major shortcomings in the National Ambulance Service.
# locked in
Dublin Fire Brigade investigating how a sick child was locked in an ambulance
The paramedic was forced to kick his way out of the ambulance after a power failure.
# Emergency
'We are dealing with people's lives here': Paramedics speak out about tragic deaths
The family of a man who died after a 25 minute wait for an ambulance were in the public gallery to hear contributions.
# Ambulances
SIPTU calls for ambulance resources to be reviewed
With HIQA set to audit the Ambulance Service, the trade union wants to ensure that resourcing is taken into account.