The Irish Times has today published figures showing that a large number of ambulances are missing target response times, particularly outside Dublin.
In cases involving cardiac or respiritory arrest, 62.5% of calls in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo arrived within 19 minutes in December 2013, slightly below the national average of 66%.
The HSE's target figure is 70%.
Meanwhile, documents released to the paper by Hiqa show the former director of the National Ambulance Service, Robert Morton, warned in late 2011 that ambulance response time targets being drawn up by the authority could not be achieved without an additional 400 staff and an investment of an extra €30 million. In early 2012 he told Hiqa “no extra resources” were forthcoming that year.