Night time air ambulance service still vital despite Ministers recent comments

Roscommon Rapid Response says they will continue to press for the need for an air ambulance night time service when the new service in Cork is up and running.

Spokesperson for the charity John McDermott who was speaking on Let’s Talk shwo today revealed that while the southern service was given the go ahead some weeks ago, it hasn’t started operations in the south so far.

When the southern helicopter becomes operational, it will leave the Athlone biased service more time to cover the midlands and northern parts of the country.

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The Minister for Health has said in recent days that the Department of Health has concluded that night time flying carried additional risks and that would significantly limit the number of emergency incidents the service could respond to.

In answer to a question tabled by Deputy Peter Burke, Minister Harris added that in view of the risks involved, most night time calls would be better served by a land vehicle.

John Mc Dermott says the night time service is still very much needed despite the Ministers comments, and they will continue to pursue the issue.