One third of 999 calls in the Western region are falling short of having an ambulance at the scene within 19 minutes in 85% of cases.
Local Independent Roscommon -South Leitrim TD Denis Naughten has revealed these figures fall short of the HIQA standard.
“Every year 3-5,000 people die from heart attacks and the survival rate for someone who has a heart attack outside of hospital at just 1 in 15. Annually about 10,000 people suffer a stroke and about 2,000 die each year, and again access to hospital treatment is the difference between being able to walk out of hospital or not,” stated Denis Naughten.
It is important to note 60% of 999 calls are not life threatening. Response times around the country vary significantly based on the amount of the area covered and geography.
The National Ambulance Service is taking a number of steps to improve response time’s where possible.