South Leitrim’s ambulance was moved to provide cover in Co Cavan over the weekend, leaving the region without any emergency ambulance cover on the busy Saturday night, Sunday morning period.
In a statement to the Leitrim Observer, Sinn Fein County Councillor, Martin Kenny said, “It has come to my attention that on Saturday night last the ambulance based and staffed in Carrick-on-Shannon was instructed to travel to and work its 12 hour shift in Cavan town, in order to cover the Cavan area which was under pressure.
“This left the whole south Leitrim area without any emergency ambulance, save the possibility of calling in an ambulance from Sligo or Roscommon, all a long distance away and also under pressure,” said Cllr Kenny.
The Sinn Féin councillor said this move “in effect abandoned the whole of south Leitrim, and Carrick-on-Shannon, one of the busiest towns in the west of Ireland, on a Saturday night, had no ambulance ready to attend an accident or person falling seriously ill.”
While the Leitrim Observer understands there is an ambulance service based in Boyle, sources state that this ambulance was called out to an emergency elsewhere in Co Roscommon on Saturday night, leaving it unavailable to cover potential issues in south Leitrim.
Cllr Kenny said that he did not believe that this situation was an isolated occurrence.
“I understand that south Leitrim being left without an ambulance service has become a regular occurrence over the past number of months,” he stated this week adding that the people of South Leitrim deserved better.
Continued on page 3 of this week’s Leitrim Observer.