Click on the link below to hear NASRA Chairman on Ocean FM on the call on the HSA to investigate the condition of the national ambulance fleet.
The National Ambulance Representative Association (NASRA) has today (Tuesday 29th Sept. ) called on the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to carry out a full investigation into the safety and road worthiness of the national ambulance fleet.
The call comes following a number of incidents involving mechanical failure of ambulances which put the safety of both crews and patients in danger. In the most recent incident on 28th August an ambulance travelling from Donegal to Galway with two crew, medical team and a patient lost its wheels due to mechanical and/or structural failure. A similar incident happened in March 2014 in Drogheda when an ambulance manned by two crew lost one of its wheels.
Last week the Sinn Fein Leader, Deputy Gerry Adams T.D. raised the incidents in the Dail and revealed that he was in possession of an Independent Assessor Report regarding these vehicles which suggests that they have a design flaw.
Click on the link below to liisten to NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon on Highland Radio where he discusses NASRA's concerns on the condition of the National Ambulance fleet following a recnet incident involving an ambulance in Donegal where it was reported the back wheels fell off as it responded to an emergency call out.
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The National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) said today (Monday 21 st . Sept.) that the increasing number of reported ambulance breakdowns throughout the country are a source of major concern to front line ambulance paramedics and pose a serious issue for patient safety.
NASRA National Chairman, Michael Dixon said the recent incident in Donegal where the rear wheels of an ambulance transporting four staff and a patient on life support from Donegal to Galway fell off was yet another example of the problems arising with the aging and high milage ambulance fleet. In the Donegal incident the ambulance had 412,000 kilometers on the clock.
Ambulance personnel who are carrying out the most stressful and physically demanding work of all emergency frontline personnel are being obstructed by National Ambulance Service (NAS) management from accessing HSE long term absence benefits when injured at work, the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) said today (Friday, April 17 th .) at its delegate meeting in Athlone.
NASRA National Secretary, Michael Dixon said the treatment of injured paramedics under the HSE- NAS injury at work policy is a disgrace and the rehabilitation of paramedics back from injury was practically non-existent. Paramedics with work related injuries find themselves increasingly facing bureaucratic hurdles in attempting to access benefits under the HSE injury at work, critical illness, serious assault and sick pay schemes.
‘Changes to the sick leave policy for ambulance personnel, where after 12 weeks paramedics are struck off and become reliant on the social welfare no matter how long their length of service, are an insult to the work and dedication shown by paramedics throughout the country every day.'
Mr Dixon said female paramedics who become pregnant can find themselves being placed on sick leave because management will not actively identify opportunities for them to be redeployed away from front line duties.
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