Leitrim GP claims poor availability of ambulances discriminates against rural communities

A Leitrim GP maintains that people in rural Ireland are being discriminated against when it comes to availability of ambulances.

New figures show it has taken an ambulance more than an hour to respond to a life-threatening emergency in the Shannonside region 16 times so far this year.

To date in 2019, on seven occasions, it has taken an ambulance more than an hour to arrive at a life-threatening emergency in Leitrim, the longest being 1 hour, 35 minutes.

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There were six response times of more than an hour in Longford, the worst being 1 hour, 17 minutes.

In Roscommon, there were three calls of more than 60 minutes – the longest was 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Ballinamore GP Dr Sean Bourke, says the reality for a lot of patients is worse than the statistics.

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