Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (215)

Regina Doherty

Question:

215. Deputy Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Health when the proposed new ambulance control centre will be opened in Tallaght, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32360/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A significant reform programme is underway to reconfigure the way the HSE manages and delivers pre-hospital care services, to ensure a clinically driven, nationally co-ordinated system, supported by improved technology. The National Control Centre Reconfiguration Project, which is endorsed by HIQA and which represents international best practice, will reduce the number of ambulance control centres to a single national control system, with significant investment in new voice, data and mapping technologies. This project is a key element of Future Health: A Strategic Framework for Health Reform in Ireland 2012-2015.

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy regarding when the new ambulance control centre will be opened at Tallaght, as this involves a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.