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HSE official requested for meeting in Laois as ambulance services issues persist


A HSE official is to be summoned to a meeting in Laois to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the ambulance service in the county.

There have been a number of high profile incidents involving ambulances failing to show up to locations in Laois in recent months.

Earlier this month, a young Laois soccer player was left stricken on the field with an arm injury while back in July, a Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe hurler suffered the same fate following an ankle injury.

The issue was brought before a meeting of Laois County Council by Fine Gael’s Willie Aird.

Cllr Aird requested that the Council call upon a representative of the HSE to address next month’s meeting regarding ambulance services.

He said: “What is the actual issue here? Why are people experiencing delays and no shows after calling 999.

“We don’t want whatever is causing this problem to get worse and we need answers.”

Supporting Cllr Aird, Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said: “A number of incidents have highlighted the problem.

“Ambulance drivers are being sent as far away as Waterford and Wexford.

“They do excellent work and are incredible people but they are being pulled from one direction to the next.

“It is very unfair on paramedics who work so hard and we need a solution.”

A letter requesting the meeting is to be sent.

SEE ALSO – Anger as Laois teenager left stricken on GAA pitch for two hours as ambulance fails to arrive

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.