Inaugural Air Ambulance Proposal by the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee (RHAC), Lifeline Ambulance and Premier Aviation
Lifeline and our associates in this initiative met with Minister for Health, James Reilly, in June 2011 to discuss our proposals with regard to the establishment of Ireland’s inaugural Helicopter Air Ambulance Service. While the Minister was tentatively receptive to our proposal, which would likely have been established quite quickly, and with the objective being that it would be independently funded or part-funded by the State, he subsequently determined that the State would provide a service, using the resources of the Air Corps.
A pilot programme is currently underway, provided and funded by State resources and, while it is not the operation that we wanted to see established, we believe that our individual and collective efforts contributed towards the expedited establishment of a helicopter service for the Western region primarily, which was one of the primary objectives of the RHAC in the case where the Roscommon General Hospital A&E facility was unlikely to be reinstated.
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