31st December 2011
By Bryan T. Smyth
A campaign group in West Cork , opposed to the H.S.E`s proposed ambulance changes have completed a “stretcher push” from Skibbereen to Bantry.
“West Cork SOS” is against the downgrading of Skibbereens ambulance service to a Rapid Response Vehicle.
The H.S.E says it will improve the service to patients , as under the new plans , paramedics will be on standby at the ambulance base waiting for a call, while at the moment paramedics are on call and may be at home and have to travel to the ambulance base for a late call.
In an ongoing bid to raise awareness of the changes , two men from “West Cork SOS” have pushed a dummy patient on the roads of west cork. They covered about 22 kilometres yesterday, and travelled another 10 today
Andy Kenward and George Vladisavljevic departed from the Square in Skibbereen at 10am on Friday and arrived into Bantry Hospital at 2pm today
We spoke to George Vladisavljevic after he arrived in Bantry…