Calls for immediate action on ambulance service shortages

Fundraisers at Bow Street
Fundraisers at Bow Street

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service is undertaking a review of its services following staff shortages, which led to many delays in the delivery of service.

Across the country there were 15 ambulances fewer in service with only 37 of 52 ambulances being used.

This has worried many in the area and Upper Bann MP David Simpson has said he will continue to address this issue to ensure that our entire health service is maintained to a high standard.

Mr Simpson said: “This is a worrying development as we rely so heavily on ambulances, particularly in more rural areas, however the NIAS have assured us that a review is underway.

“And I have no doubt they will take action to ensure these shortages do not occur again.

Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, said: “If a member of the public has to call 999 they need to know that they will have an ambulance responding to their emergency without delay. It is vital that actions are taken immediately to make sure that the staff shortages do not reoccur. “