Ambulance review as man bleeds to death at home
A review is to be carried out into the tragic death of a young father who bled to death in his home after waiting 40 minutes for an ambulance, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed.
He was commenting after the family of Dualtagh Donnelly (25) spoke of their heartache at witnessing him bleeding profusely when he cut his arm on a glass panel in the bathroom.
"I don't know where that ambulance came from. It just seemed forever for them to get there," Mr Donnelly's partner, Lindzie Cooney, said.
The minister said an advanced paramedic arrived at the scene in Dundalk, Co Louth within 23 minutes and advice was given on the phone initially.
"He started emergency care on his arrival. Everything that could be done was done," he said yesterday.
The ambulance took another 15 minutes to arrive. Mr Varadkar said there was a problem on October 26 with short-notice absences by ambulance crew.
It came as Mr Varadkar launched the first of three of 64 ambulances being provided this year in a €9.4m on investment under the fleet replacement programme.
They were unveiled yesterday at Dublin Castle, along with a new Rapid Response Vehicle.
He said the 64 vehicles will be allocated to ambulance bases across Ireland before the end of the year to replace vehicles which have reached the end of their life cycle.