Ambulance chief defends service and says they’re working to improve standards


The Director of the National Ambulance Service says he's running "the best ambulance service in the world".

A Prime Time report last night claimed that seven out of 10 people with life-threatening conditions, are not getting the services of ambulance paramedics, within internationally accepted response times. A number of cases of delays have been highlighted recently, including that of Maura Porter from Carndonagh, who was left waiting on the roadside for almost 50 minutes after she was knocked down by a car. She died later in hospital.

Nationally, the number of ambulances is down from 320 in 2008 to 265 last year.

Martin Dunne - Director of the National Ambulance Service, told the RTE investigations unit they're working with HIQA to improve standards.....