“SAT NAV” SHOULD BE ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE – COLR CONNOLLY

10 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Independent councillor Paudge Connolly won the backing of Monaghan Co Council on Monday for a motion calling on the Health Service Executive North East to ensure that all ambulances and emergency vehicles under their control were equipped with satellite navigation equipment.

In moving the motion, Colr Connolly referred to recent cases in the Monaghan area where ambulances had taken an excessive amount of time to respond to emergency calls. In one situation an ambulance at the local scout hall had taken a further 15 minutes to reach Tyholland, a few miles down the road.

Colr Connolly said that in the instance he referred to a crew had been sent from Cavan to respond to the call, and it was becoming an increasing feature of the emergency services that ambulances had to come from other areas to attend to medical emergencies.

He advocated that satellite navigation equipment be made a compulsory part of the emergency services in the region, which should also be able to contact the Gardaí for the GPS co-ordinates of people living in isolated rural areas.

“This should not be allowed to stand in the way of proper emergency service provision,” he stated.
The motion was seconded by Pádraig McNally (Fianna Fáil), who expressed surprise that such a system was not …

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