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Watchdog's 19-minute callout target met by only half of ambulances

Dublin had the poorest response times of all regions in HSE figures for 2013

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

23rd February, 2014

Only half of urgent cardiac and respiratory callouts in Dublin had an ambulance on the scene last year within the recommended 19 minutes set down by health watchdog Hiqa.

Dublin had the poorest response times of all regions identified in the recently-published HSE figures for 2013. Rapid response times can have a big impact on survival rates.

In 434 recorded incidents in Dublin last year, patients who were in cardiac or respiratory arrest waited longer than 19...

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