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Ambulance Service

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 2 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ceisteanna (519)

Anne Ferris

Ceist:

530 Deputy Anne Ferris asked the Minister for Health if he will confirm if he intends to open a new control room for the ambulance service in Tallaght, Dublin; if he will advise if the ambulance service currently operated by Dublin Fire Brigade is going to be discontinued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32226/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

The Health Service Executive has initiated a National Ambulance Service Reconfiguration Project, which includes the establishment of a new National Control Centre in Tallaght. The purchase of the building is currently approaching finalisation and the HSE has gone to tender for services to design the fit-out of the building.

Dublin Fire Brigade will continue to operate its current service on behalf of the National Ambulance Service in those parts of Dublin where the National Ambulance Service is not the principal service provider. However, in line with recommendations from the Comptroller and Auditor General, it is intended that the control and dispatch arrangements of that service will transfer to the National Control Centre, so that the population of Dublin has a single point of contact in the event of an emergency.

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