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Ambulance cut plans are just sick.

DON'T get sick in Tallaght between 7am and 7pm on a Monday as the likelihood is you'll have to wait for an ambulance.

As the HSE rolls out cuts to cope with its commitment to the Croke Park Agreement, once more it's the man and woman on the street who will suffer.

And the latest move seems a bit drastic - cutting off a service that helps keep people alive.

The very definition of an emergency is something which requires immediate action.

If you are unfortunate enough to have to dial 999, you are usually hoping that someone will come to your aid sooner rather than later.

But the HSE claim that on a Tuesday in Swords your emergency will be less urgent as ambulances from another area will have to come and get you.

It truly beggars belief that people desperately in need of help will be left to wait on an ambulance with a bit of a journey in front of it.

And no doubt it will be sooner rather than later that this ludicrous new system results in a death which could otherwise have been prevented.

It's appalling that the HSE feels the need to curtail emergency services like this.

So when you dial 999 from now own, help might be on the way but it could take a bit of time.

And time is something the seriously ill just don't have.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2012
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