The Irish Times reported on Tuesday that the confidential report commissioned by the HSE had concluded that Ireland was too rural to support an ambulance service to compare with the service in England and to meet official targets for response times.

The existing system of measuring ambulance response times should be abolished and replaced by one that focuses on the outcome for the patient, the Min(...)

The Hiqa report criticises the lack of coordination between the National Ambulance Service and the Dublin Fire Service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many people who call an ambulance should be treated on the phone or by paramedics rather than being taken to hospital, according to a major report (...)

Neil Porter holds a photograph of his late wife Maura, flanked by his daughter Davina and his son Brendan.  Photograph: Trevor McBride

A five-hour back-up of ambulances at Letterkenny general hospital last December led to an elderly woman waiting almost an hour for an ambulance after(...)

 The NAS confirmed that at 12.32am a warning light activated on the dashboard and the crew requested another ambulance to bring the patient to hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

The family of a heart attack patient whose ambulance broke down on the way to hospital, has said they “would have been better off getting a lift”.Jen(...)

The majority of paramedic crews across the State waited longer than the Health Service Executive’s target of 20 minutes to hand over patients, get their trolleys back and return to responding to calls.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ambulances spent more than 8,000 hours delayed at hospital emergency departments waiting to hand over patients during one month this year, previous(...)

In April, ambulance crews waited an average 35 minutes to hand over patients  at  Limerick Regional. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

When an ambulance is delayed at an emergency department (ED) not only is the patients enduring additional distress, but the ambulance is denied to som(...)

Dublin’s emergency ambulances are provided mainly by DFB while outside the capital ambulances are provided by the HSE.  Photograph Paddy Whelan

and The HSE has drawn up a comprehensive plan to take control of Dublin’s ambulance service (...)

Although short of ambulances, Dublin Fire Brigade has 22 fully crewed fire appliances which respond to a significant proportion of ambulance call-outs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An increasingly fractious relationship between Dublin City Council and the HSE over who should pay for the State’s busiest ambulance service is(...)

New data reveals serious problems with ambulance response times, with crews in some parts of the country reaching fewer than half of life-threa(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

Colm Murphy, an advanced paramedic with Dublin Fire Brigade, provides the kind of response that anyone making a 999 call for an ambulance would hop(...)

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