Mr. Martin Dunne,
Director of the National Ambulance Service
Office of the Director of the National Ambulance Service
National Ambulance Service
Health Service Executive
27th April 2016
Dear Mr. Dunne,
Previous correspondence refers.
In the first instance I want to emphasise for your attention the anger, fear and the extremely poor morale of the Ambulance Paramedic Workforce in the Midlands Area:
• Anger at the imposition of a rostering system which represents a very damaging threat to their home and working lives and undermines patient response times and safety.
• Fear of the implications for their future in the Ambulance Service.
• The only thing which lifts morale is the anger they feel towards Ambulance Service Management.
They balloted in huge numbers in favour of Strike Action. At the same time they are highly conscious of the service they provide to the community, the support they enjoy in the community and their concern to be responsible professionals, taking Industrial Action as a very last resort.
National Secretary, Tony Gregg was awarded the PNA 2016 National Merit Award for his work on behalf of NASRA members - the award was presented by PNA Chairman, Fintan Leahy at the Annual Delegate Conference in Cavan.
Ambulance transfer of people with mental illness a tragedy waiting to happen
NASRA , the National Ambulance Service Representative Association said today (Friday 15 th April) that services nationally are seriously under resourced and the public are being put at risk unless there is significant recruitment of new staff to meet the demands of greater reliance on the ambulance service within the health services.
Speaking at NASRA's ADC in Cavan, National Chairman Michael Dixon said the role of ambulance paramedic in now one of the most demanding, stressful and under paid in the health services, yet the grade of paramedic is not even recognised by the HSE. He said management of the national ambulance service is chaotic, with a growing reliance on extended and unsustainable 12 -15 hour rosters, overtime, and non-rostered staff and cancellation of leave to keep ambulances on the road.
‘The demands on the ambulance services in the context of the reconfiguration of local hospital services have grown enormously but without any matching increase in staff. The Department of Health has to date not published the NAS Capacity Review of staff, but from what we know of this review, the NAS is up to 500 staff short of what is needed to provide a fully staffed and sustainable ambulance service to meet current demands.'
NASRA Chairman Michael Dixon will be attending meetings in County Cork on Monday 11th January 2016 as follows:
Castletownbere. Bear Coast Hotel @ 12pm
Bantry. Maritime Hotel @ 3pm.
Skibberean. West Cork Hotel Snug.@ 5pm.
Clonakilty. O'Donovan Hotel @ 7.30pm.
Click on the link below to hear NASRA Secretary Tony Gregg respond to news that revealed that crews across Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan have been told that annual leave across the Christmas period has been cancelled because of staff shortages.
Tony Gregg is the National Secretary of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association.
Operation Transformation is launching a new 12 month campaign in January called Ireland's Million Pound Challenge.
OT's Ireland's Million Pound Challenge is attempting to inspire the Irish nation to lose 1 million pound in 1 year thus helping to reverse current trends and statistics.
When it comes to the groups the idea is that they can register online and they will be able to track their contribution to the million pounds.
Mick Cornett Mayor of Oklahoma City is going to officially launch the campaign. In 2007 as a result of hearing that his city was one of the fattest in the US he decided to take action and put the entire city on a diet.The town's citizens reached the million pound mark in January 2012, four years after they had started their challenge.
Following the recent controversy on delayed ambulance response times in the Drogheda/Dundalk region, Sinn Fein Leader, Gerry Adams T.D. requested a meeting with NASRA to discuss this and wider issues facing the national ambulance service.
NASRA National Secretary, Tony Gregg met with Deputy Adams in the Dail last week to brief him on current issues facing the service and front line paramedics.
Mr Adams is to raise a number of these issues with the Health Minister in the coming weeks. NASRA hopes to meet with other Opposition parties in the run up to the General Election.
Watch NASRA Chairman , MIchael Dixon on the RTE Six One News addressing the issue of cutbacks in the ambulance service.
His comments come in the wake of the death of father of two in Co Louth amid claims that it took 40 minutes for an ambulance to reach him.
Click HERE to see the RTE Report.