The Government has announced that a major trauma centre is to be developed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, and a second such centre in Cork servicing the south of the country.
The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the Major Trauma Units will provide specialist services, leading to better outcomes for severely-injured patients.
However, it was decided by Cabinet 3 years ago that the reconfiguration of trauma services would NOT go ahead until additional resources were provided for the road ambulance service, with improvements also in the air ambulance service.
That's according to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten, who's questioned how a trauma patient will be transferred to the Mater Hospital without extra ambulance resources being required.
Deputy Naughten added that a number of ambulances have now been deployed to vaccinate elderly people who are housebound, leaving the service even more stretched than usual - he's outlined his concerns to Midwest News...