Stanton Pleased with Youghal Ambulance Talks

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Friday, August 19th, 2011

Stanton Pleased with Youghal Ambulance Talks

CORK EAST FINE GAEL TD, DAVID STANTON has said that the meeting which he arranged regarding Youghal ambulance which took place today with senior officials of the National Ambulance Service, public representatives, some GPs from Youghal was very constructive and informative for both sides. The meeting was also attended by Minister of State Sean Sherlock, Sandra McLellan TD, Cllr Barbara Murray and the Mayor of Youghal, Cllr Eoin Coyne.

Deep concern and unease has been expressed in Youghal and surrounding areas at reports that the ambulance service in the area would be downgraded.

On the road to Save Youghal Ambulance - Pic: YOL

On the road to Save Youghal Ambulance - Pic: YOL

“We had the opportunity today to express these concerns at the highest level and we received a full briefing from the HSE on their plans and changes that are being envisaged.

“There is certainly a need to ensure that the best possible and most appropriate emergency service is available. I welcome the fact that the HSE have promised to engage fully with local GPs and public representatives.

“Both sides today learned a lot from the engagement and I would hope that the discussion on the very complex issues involved will result in an improved service in the long run.

“There will be further meetings and engagement on this very important issue.

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  1. “There will be further meetings and engagement on this very important issue”

    Straight out of Yes Minister.

    Translated it means “It is axiomatic in government that hornets’ nests should be left unstirred, cans of worms should remain unopened, and cats should be left firmly in bags and not set among the pigeons. Ministers should also leave boats unrocked, nettles ungrasped, refrain from taking bulls by the horns, and resolutely turn their backs to the music.”

    Furthermore, “if you ask me for a straight answer, then I shall say that, as far as we can see, looking at it by and large, taking one thing with another, then in the final analysis it is probably true to say, that at the end of the day, in general terms, you would probably find that, not to put too fine a point on it, there probably wasn’t very much in it one way or the other as far as one can see, at this stage.”

    In real language, “We’re having talks about talks, don’t expect anything soon”.

    The supreme irony, of course, would be if someone needed an ambulance during these “further meetings and engagement”!

    • Circumnavigate you could very well be right there, our esteemed TD is walking a thin line he says don’t shoot the messenger he only repeats what he’s told. But does he repeat what he has heard in Youghal i think not

      • David Stanton TD on

        As a result of the two hour meeting on Friday all GPs in the area will be invited to engage with the National Ambulance Service on the future of Emergency Services in the area. These GPs are very experienced medical experts working on the ground and we will all be informed by them. Their opinion and judgement are crucial. Public representatives will also scrutinize any proposals. We will be demanding that best international practice be put in place, not only in Youghal but throughout the region. Response times by highly trained paramedics are critical in saving lives. On-call is going. What is to be put in its place must be better.

        • More political rambling and claptrap with no hard facts. Its quite simple Mr. Stanton, either an ambulance will be available 24/7 in the Youghal area, as in others, or it won’t. Please inform the people of Youghal which is the case.

        • Mr. Stanton,

          When you wrote this statement 5 days ago were you aware that your colleague, the junior minister for sport and tourism was preparing to announce a €400,000 grant to the local leisure centre? Surely you must have known. Youghal Town Council obviously did, they had to apply for it.

          So now we have the dept. of finance looking for $10 billion in budget cuts, the dept. of health removing ambulance cover from Youghal while the dept. of sport and tourism throws money around as if Bertie Ahern was still in charge!

          Do any of you people in the Dail know what you’re doing and who is actually in charge co-ordinating ths latest project in madness, immorality and incompetence? Perhaps not, you’re all on holidays for another month.

          Mr. Stanton, we need an ambulance more than we need an energy efficient swimming pool.

          How dare you, your incompetent colleagues and Youghal Town Council insult us in this manner.