Concerns are being raised again about the lack of ambulance cover in some parts of the country after it emerged that a man died in Kildare while waiting for an ambulance to be dispatched from a nearby hospital.
46-year-old Paddy Meaney collapsed near Naas Garda Station on May 19th.
An ambulance was called to attend the scene from Naas General Hospital which is less than a kilometre away but it reportedly took paramedics 25 minutes to arrive at the scene after the only ambulance on call in the region was already attending a patient.
During that time Gardai unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the dad of four.
The HSE is to issue a statement.
Michael Dixon of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association has been speaking to KFM.
"Well the main instruction at the moment is all about cost-saving; it's all about saving money, it's not about saving lives anymore" he said.
"I dread to say that - but that's the exact way we're looking at the moment".
"If you don't replace a member of staff on an ambulance service resource, then obviously you're going to be putting the public...at risk" he added.