Family want more answers over ambulance service

The family of a Donegal woman who died after waiting 50 minutes for an ambulance after she had been seriously injured in a road traffic collision said further questions have to be answered into her death.

The family of a Donegal woman who died after waiting 50 minutes for an ambulance after she had been seriously injured in a road traffic collision said further questions have to be answered into her death.

The Health Service Executive investigated the case of Maura Porter who died after she was hit by a car near her Carndonagh home last December.

Findings from the report, which was published in the Irish Times, found that just one emergency ambulance was available in Donegal on December 30th when the 999 call was received and it was two hours from the scene,

Eight other ambulances were rostered for duty in the county. Five were queuing outside Letterkenny General Hospital’s emergency department waiting to transfer patients for treatment.

But Mrs Porter’s daughter Davina said the there are still quite a number of issues that have to be addressed and the family is awaiting responses to further questions. She said the availability of an ambulance in Letterkenny would not have made a difference as an ambulance should have been available from Carndonagh.

“Letterkenny hospital is being blamed for what happened that night and that is not the whole case,” she told Highland Radio. “There should be at least two ambulances sitting in Carndonagh waiting to roll if a call comes in and that used to be thew way it was before November. And mum’s accident happened in December.”

A major review of ambulance services by the Health Information and Quality Authority which was published on Tuesday, found that hold-ups of ambulances at emergency departments are causing critical capacity to be lost.