Kerrane tells Ambulance Director to restore full Advanced Paramedic roster in Roscommon

Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane has told the Director of the National Ambulance Service to honour the commitment made by Government and the HSE for a 24/7 Advanced Paramedic on the rapid response vehicle for Roscommon by urgently restoring the full Advanced Paramedic roster in Roscommon.

Deputy Kerrane referenced the fact that when the Accident & Emergency Unit was removed from Roscommon Hospital, a rapid response vehicle was put in place with the promise of an Advanced Paramedic on a 24/7 basis for the county.

“This was a direct commitment made by the Minister, the Taoiseach and the HSE following the closure of the A&E given the distance people in the county would have to get to the nearest A&E.

“I now understand that on one shift, a Paramedic is filling the role of an Advanced Paramedic on the Advanced Paramedic roster. This is unacceptable and flies in the face of the commitment made to the people of Roscommon. I understand there is no lack of Advanced Paramedics and this is not the reason the roster is not being filled as it should.

“In previous correspondence to me on this matter, the HSE said that the roles of a Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic were similar, suggesting there was little difference in the role. This is incorrect. Advanced Paramedics are the only personnel in the National Ambulance Service who can provide advanced life support. They can also administer twenty-three more medications than a Paramedic can.

“I am also concerned to learn from other questions I put to the HSE that training for Advanced Paramedics has ceased. This means fully qualified Advanced Paramedics are unable to use their critical training to the benefit of the patient as they can only work as Paramedics.

“The full Advanced Paramedic roster must be restored, ensuring the commitment to the people of County Roscommon is honoured”, Deputy Kerrane concluded.