FIANNA Fáil TD for
Donegal Charlie McConalogue has welcomed
confirmation that six additional ambulance personnel
will be allocated to Inishowen this year under the
National Ambulance service plan for 2019. Extra
resources will allow for an additional day crew to
operate and cover the Inishowen peninsula.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “This will provide
essential cover to the peninsula and will hopefully
address the unacceptable and all too common response
time delays in relation to ambulance callouts.
“The National Ambulance Service (NAS) have confirmed
that they expect the additional staff to be in place
by the end of June and that there will be a new
deployment point in Buncrana as part of this plan.
This new deployment point will improve response
times in the western side of Inishowen while also
backing up the service in Carndonagh when cover is
Six new ambulance personnel will be
allocated to Inishowen and this will allow for an
additional day crew to cover the peninsula.
Cllr. Martin McDermott
also welcomed the news stating that the additional
crew will be essential in addressing response times,
“North Inishowen is simply too far away from
Letterkenny to be left with just one day crew and
this has led to unacceptable response times on too
Cllr. Rena Donaghey commented “These additional
personnel will go a long way in improving response
times across our peninsula. The new deployment
centre in Buncrana will improve response times in
the town as well as backing up the crew in
Carndonagh and finally the people of Inishowen will
get the ambulance service they deserve”.
Concluding Deputy McConalogue said, “This is welcome
news for Inishowen and I am grateful that the
National Ambulance Service has recognised the need
for additional services in the area through their
service plan for 2019.”