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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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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NASRA National Chairman Michael Dixon, on RTE's Morning Ireland responding the Primetime Investigates Programme - The Ambulance Service Uncovered - which detailed  a National Ambulance Service in crisis.and how across the country, lives are regularly put at risk arising from delays in response times.

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Michael Dixon on Morning Ireland

NASRA Chairman Michael Dixon, interviewed on RTE's Morning Ireland says the ambulance service lacks the necessary resources and personnel to meet HIQA response times.

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It is with deep regret that I must advice of the unexpected passing of Ms Gretta Kelly, wife of Mr. Christy Kelly, NASRA Finance Officer.

Please see funeral details below

Ar dheis dé go raibh a hanam dílis

The death has occurred of Gretta KELLY (née Byrne) Kellbyrne, Rathevan, Portlaoise, Laois

Unexpectedly. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Christopher, son Adrian, daughter Rebecca, father Joe, mother Brigid, brothers Joe, Louie and Christopher, sisters Maeve, Audrey and Lorna, aunts, uncles, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Reposing at her residence from 7pm on Monday. Rosary at 9pm on Monday and Tuesday evening. Removal on Wednesday morning to St. Peter and Pau'ls Church, Portlaoise for 11am Requiem Mass. Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. House private on Wednesday morning please. Family flowers only by request. Donations, if desired, to the Cuisle Centre Portlaoise or Cancer research at Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

REST IN PEACE

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.

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The Chairman of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) has described media reports that phone calls in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) were routinely recorded as very disturbing and worrying.

Speaking at the Annual Delegate Conference of NASRA in Tullow, Co Carlow, Michael Dixon called for a full investigation by the HSE into the allegations that internal and external phone lines in the NAS were recorded and recordings were shared with other State agencies.

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Tony Gregg  addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee NASRA National Chairman Michael Dixon and National Secretary Tony Gregg addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on the issue of delayed response times at its meeting on Feb. 25th

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