Green Party rep brands Red Cross decision to withdraw ambulance service extremely worrying

Wednesday January 10 2018

Green Party representative Hannah McNamara has described the decision by the Red Cross to withdraw their local ambulance service as extremely worrying.

The Green Party representative for Bangor East and Donaghadee, who worked for Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for five years, said the service often relies on voluntary ambulance services at peak times to assist with urgent and non-emergency calls.

“This has been a vital lifeline to NIAS in recent years due to severe budget cuts and lack of political leadership, and it is worrying not only for NIAS but also for the staff at the Red Cross who work and volunteer on these ambulances,” she said.

“Services like the Red Cross help ease the pressure on NIAS by attending urgent and non-emergency calls. This means that more emergency ambulances with Paramedics and EMTs are available for life-threatening emergencies.

“Although NIAS rely on these voluntary services, we need to remember that if NIAS were properly funded for the current high demand, voluntary services would not be required for contracts such as this and could return to their usual duties.”

Last week, Hannah McNamara raised concerns over reports that five ambulance crews were stuck in A&E at the Ulster Hospital all night due to a lack of available beds.


Linda Stewart

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