I have requested the HSE consider putting a second ambulance at Tuam Ambulance Base on 24-hour, seven-day basis to meet the demand for the service in the region.

The base in Tuam services a large geographical area in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. With only one ambulance based in Tuam we are replying on a service from Galway.

“I have had complaints from members of the public about the delays they have encountered. It makes no sense at puts lives at risk.

The common-sense approach would be to locate a second ambulance in Tuam.

The base is modern and suitably located just of the motorway. We all know the importance of the ambulance service and the important roll the service plays in any emergency.

I am again requesting the National Ambulance Service, the HSE and Department of Health to ensure that the base in Tuam is fully utilised”.