Cllr Kenny said that the South Leitrim area is left without adeuqate cover: “as the control centre in Ballyshannon are often sending the Carrick-on-Shannon based ambulance, to work in other counties, sometimes for whole shifts, in areas in which they are unfamiliar with the geography.
“Last week the Carrick ambulance was sent to a call in Charlestown and took a patient to Castlebar taking it out of the area for hours,” pointed out the Sinn Féin councillor.
“ This is all happening because the ambulance control centre is trying to direct a service which has too few ambulances and staff to cover the area.
“The people of south Leitrim deserve a proper emergency ambulance service on call in the area at all times and whatever additional resources required, must be put in place to guarantee that service. In the past I have raised the issue, that parts of Leitrim around Ballinamore, Cloone and Carrigallen are well outside the travel time for an ambulance from Carrick-on-Shannon and that still needs to be resolved.
“The reality now emerging that the ambulance in Carrick-on-Shannon is so often away in other areas increases the urgency for a proper investment in the service.” stressed Cllr Kenny.
The HSE were contacted by the Leitrim Observer for comment on this issue but due to unforeseen circumstances no response was forthcoming at the time of going to press.
A spokesperson fo r the HSE has assured the Leitrim Observer that a response will be nade available for publication as soon as possible.