Ambulance Crisis Protest
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Eyre Square 2.00pm
march to the HSE office in Shantalla
and on to UCH Galway
The Action Group are arranging a bus to the protest if you are interested
please ring 086 2523554 to book a seat
E Mail: [email protected]
Details of the Protest
The Ambulance Crisis Group have been campaigning since October 2014 to get an adequate ambulance service for Connemara. There can be a two to three hour wait in North West Connemara from Call Out Time to Time of Arrival at Patient. Having met with Ministers for Health: Leo Varadkar & Simon Harris, with the HSE, the NAS, & TD’s to no avail, they now find they have no option but to organise a Protest to fight for their rights. This Protest will take place in Galway City commencing at 2pm in Eyre Square. It is proposed to hold a march throughout the streets of Galway from Eyre Square to the HSE offices in Shantalla and ending at University Collage Hospital Galway. A letter will be presented to the Officer in charge in the HSE Offices requesting the provision of an adequate ambulance service – as is our right. We respectfully ask for the support of the people of Connemara, Galway, Mayo and indeed all of Connacht on this day. We believe this is a nationwide issue which affects all and invite everyone to attend.
More Background Information
Connemara Ambulance Crisis Group Furious and Disgusted.
A North West Connemara Group is disgusted at the response received in the Dáil when a parliamentary question was raised by Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin yesterday. (May 2nd) The Steering Group have been campaigning for over two and a half years for an improvement in their ambulance service which has been known to leave patients waiting for two to three hours for an ambulance from Call Out Time to Time of Arrival at Patient.
“QUESTION NO: 1029 Dáil Question addressed to the Minister for Health (Simon Harris T.D.) by Deputy Mary Lou McDonald 02/05/17
To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the inadequate ambulance service in North West Connemara; and if so, his plans to address this issue.
As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
QUESTION NO: 1034
Dáil Question addressed to the Minister for Health (Simon Harris T.D.) by Deputy Mary Lou McDonald 02/05/17
To ask the Minister for Health the steps being taken to ensure that an ambulance service is in place to meet the needs of an area (details supplied) in County Galway; if he will request the national ambulance service to consider a group’s suggestion that an ambulance be deployed in an empty Gárda barracks..
Details Supplied: Cleggan/Clifden/Ballyconneely to Renvyle/Leenane/Maam in Co. Galway, in light of his recent meeting with the local campaign group, empty Leenane Gárda Barracks as already been done in a similar situation in Co. Roscommon.
As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.”
The Group, who work in a voluntary capacity, have already met with Leo Varadkar when Minister for Health, with the HSE, with the Red Cross, with local TD’s, and more recently with Simon Harris present day Minister for Health. The Group are furious at this lack of response to the seriousness of the matter and at the treatment dished out to the people living in North West Connemara – and indeed to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to Connemara annually, some of whom will definitely need an ambulance. They also point out the increase in the number of accidents in recent years.
“Enough is enough they say – it is time we, as a group, become more serious in our campaign. This is, after all, a basic human right which we are being denied.” The Group are planning their next move.
The North West Connemara Ambulance Crisis Steering Group:
Patricia Keane, Currywongane, Kylemore.
Catherine O’Neill, Glencroft, Leenane.
Ann Tynan, Leenane.
Greg Thompson, Leenane.
Contact: Patricia Keane: 095.41024/086.2523554