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Comment #6852129 by Bernadette O'Neill

Bernadette O'Neill Jan 12th 2018, 10:22 PM #

Well private ambulances are contracted by the HSE as are the voluntary organisations all the time. Mostly it is for patient transfers but perhaps they could look at having contracts for on call services in rural areas. Now admittedly the ambulances would need to be staff by paramedics or even advanced paramedics for emergencies and not EMTs which a lot of private ambulances use for patient transfers. That’s not insurmountable though. There were ad campaigns l over Facebook recruiting paramedics. Well they could try paying the ones they have a little better and using the graduates off the new paramedic degree once they are finished.

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Choking toddler brought to Galway hospital by Garda car due to ambulance delay

Choking toddler brought to Galway hospital by Garda car due to ambulance delay

The family have asked for an explanation for the delay, but say that ambulance delays are a common problem in the area.

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