Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
The programme for Government commits to an increase in ambulances and paramedics every year as well as to improving response times. I wish to raise with the Taoiseach the case of a local constituent of mine in Bray. The case involves young man with cerebral palsy who was involved in an accident yesterday in his wheelchair. He received a serious leg injury. He ended up on the ground and he waited for 56 minutes for an ambulance to arrive to treat him, even though the ambulance base is located in Loughlinstown, some 5 km away. For 56 minutes he lay on the ground waiting on an ambulance.
I do not believe that is acceptable. Does the Taoiseach think it is acceptable that a young disabled man lay on the ground waiting for care or treatment for 56 minutes? This is not an isolated incident. It is happening day in, day out across Wicklow and the State. What is the Taoiseach doing to address this situation?