McGrath Calls For Urgent Action Over Vacancies In Local Ambulance Service

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Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath is calling for urgent action in respect of vacancies in the National Ambulance Service in South Tipperary.

The matter was raised with the Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday.

Deputy Mattie McGrath outlined the impact on service provision and the existing staff causing what he called “stress and huge trauma”.

The leader of the Rural Independent Group says the majority of the posts in South Tipperary have been vacant for some time.

Eight positions in total are vacant – of these 6 are permanent positions and two are temporary posts.

The TD says the recruitment for the South Tipperary area needs to be urgently examined given that the ambulance bases in Clonmel, Cashel and Tipperary town serve the whole of South Tipperary and can extend into West Waterford.

Responding for the Government, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would raise the issue with the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and request that he give a direct update to Deputy McGrath.