The Health Service Executive (HSE) has withdrawn a paramedic-run service from the North East that was the first response to acute medical emergencies in the region.
“When the emergency services were being withdrawn from Monaghan General Hospital and from the people of Monaghan, we were promised that there would be a first responder, who would be an advanced paramedic with his/her own special responder car”, Peadar McMahon, Chairman of the Community Alliance said.
“This would be the first point of treatment for serious emergencies like heart attacks, industrial and agricultural accidents and road traffic accidents. This car has now been withdrawn from service in the North East, which includes Monaghan.”
Peadar McMahon continued: “This is a further downgrading of services, a further broken promise by Minister Reilly and the Fine Gael and Labour parties, and an increased risk for the people of Monaghan’.
‘For the foreseeable future an advanced paramedic will travel as part of an ambulance crew, when it is considered appropriate. This means that the person who requests the services of an ambulance will have to be able to give details of the seriousness of the patient requiring the ambulance in order that the Advanced Paramedic will be dispatched.’
‘Are we getting to the stage where everyone will need to complete a course in medical diagnosis in order to give proper details of the patient needing the ambulance’?, he asked.
The Community Alliance called on local development groups, sporting clubs, schools, carers, the clergy of all churches, voluntary organisations and the general public to make their voices heard loud and clear in rejecting this further diminution of services for the people of Monaghan.
‘We ask our Fine Gael public representatives to take urgent action to stop this constant cutting of services from Monaghan before we have to attend more needless funerals.’