Minister defends cuts to ambulance service

first_img Facebook Previous articleSeamus Heaney commemoration gets underway in BelfastNext articleStrabane Council and roads service to meet to discuss Bridge Street situation News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp News Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released The Public Expenditure Minister has defended cuts to the ambulance service saying the focus should be on patient outcomes instead.He was responding to a question from Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín who asked why response time targets are not being met.Deputy Tóibín says Ireland now has only half the number of paramedics in the North and Scotland and it is having an impact on call-outs.But Minister Brendan Howlin says the focus shouldn’t be on cuts – he says the targets systems should be more patient focused:”If an ambulance responds to a life-threatening incident in under 19 minutes – but the patient passes away – that’s regarded as the ambulance meeting its target” he said.”If the ambulance arrived one minutes later, at 20 minutes, and saves a life that’s recorded as missing the target”.”We need to have targets that are geared to ensure the impact of our health service on citizens” he added. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 10, 2014 center_img Google+ Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Minister defends cuts to ambulance service Pinterest Twitterlast_img