Saturday May 30, 2020

Air ambulance crisis signals neglect of paramedic services

Paramedics and advanced paramedics are vital for our emergency services, yet paramedics are not defined as health care professionals or subject to regulation

1st December, 2019
Air Corps Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Picture: Air Corps

For at least the next few months, the state’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) will no longer be fully operational.

Since 2012, the Air Corps has operated an AW-139 military helicopter with the call sign AC112 seven days a week, from dawn to dusk, from Athlone. The air ambulance, as it is better known, is a familiar sight around the country, even in the most remote locations.

It responds to emergencies at the request...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Dr Robert O’Connor, head of research for the Irish Cancer Society, discusses the HSE’s decision to pause cancer screening due to coronavirus

Susan Mitchell | 15 hours ago

Infectious diseases expert Professor Gerard Killeen on the Irish government's controversial decisions

Nadine O’Regan | 2 days ago

New outbreaks in China and South Korea show that all countries, even once they have controlled their epidemics, must remain vigilant. The HSE’s testing targets are not ambitious enough

Domhnall Heron | 3 days ago