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23/09/2021

Motion calls on Minister to address the Council on Carlow residents' distance to A&Es

Councillors demand that he address what measures will be taken to alleviate the issue

A motion will come before next Monday's full meeting of Carlow County Council which calls on the Minister for Health to address the Council on what measures will be taken to alleviate the issue of Carlow residents' average distance to an A&E. 

It emerged this week that Carlow residents have an average of a 40km drive to the nearest A&E - a statistic which leaves it among the worst-served counties in Ireland. 

The motion - standing in the name of Cllr John Cassin and Cllr Fintan Phelan, states: "Carlow County Council is very concerned given that on average, Carlow residents are 40km from the nearest Emergency Department the equivalent to a 37-minute drive during off peak times.

"The longest average in the country.  This coupled with, at times, low ambulance cover can be life threatening. Carlow County Council calls on the Minister for Health to address the council on what measures will be taken to alleviate this issue."

On average, Carlow residents are 40km from the nearest ED, equivalent to a 37-minute drive during off-peak times. No one in the county lives nearer than 20km from a facility.

Read also: Carlow residents facing an average of a 40km drive to nearest A&E 'just not good enough'

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