It is disappointing but not surprising to learn this week that the ambulance response times in the Western Region of Roscommon, Galway and Mayo, are the slowest in the country and this is a matter that I have raised constantly since I was elected, yet my pleas on this matter have fallen on deaf ears.
The staff who operate the ambulance service do a fantastic job but they are under pressure all the time becuase of a lack of recources and forward thinking on behalf of the Government and the HSE. For example, during the talks on the Programme for Government I propopsed,and it was agreed, that the air ambulance service should be expanded yet nothing has been done. There are far more aspects to this including short staffing and delays at A and E units to name but two. I have been raising this issue on a constant basis but the Minister and the HSE are not listening.