Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

Acute Hospital Services: Discussion

11:15 am

Photo of Sandra McLellanSandra McLellan (Cork East, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I apologise for that. I agree with Deputy Kelleher about the need for more primary care centres. Our accident and emergency departments are constantly full. I see a reference to a nine-hour turnaround in them. There are local injury and medical assessment units which have a 65 minute turnaround. This shows that we need more primary care centres.

People are always concerned about ambulance services and I see a mention of intermediary care vehicles in Cork and Kerry. Are they meeting their target times or what percentage are meeting them in the city as against the rural areas? Has the service worked out well? How can it be improved?


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