Southern Shore joint council gearing up to address concerns about ambulance service

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Harold Mullowney, chairman of the Southern Shore Joint council, says health care service, including ambulance coverage, is high on the council’s agenda.

“It’s been on the agenda for a couple of months,” said Mullowney. “It sort of evolved out of discussions on fire emergency services for the region, which the joint council is obviously interested in. A number of communities were asking questions about it. So, where we’re at with it right now… the intent was to have the joint council reach out and find out what the levels or service and coverage that currently exist are and bring it back to the council with a view to possible, future enhancement.”

Mullowney said there has been preliminary contact with levels of government, such as Eastern Health, about the council’s concerns, however, due to the extended election call, government is essentially at a standstill.

“Not a great deal is being done right now of course because the government is in caretaker mode and some of the files and people we need to access are not readily available until perhaps after the election,” said Mullowney. “The objective is to see if there’s anything we can do to lobby for overall enhancements to the overall area.”

Specific concerns revolve around ambulance service in the area.

The Irish Loop Post reached out to Eastern Health for an interview about the ambulance service, but did not receive a response by deadline.

Mullowney did not have a clear idea of the number of ambulances along the Shore.

“That I won’t know until I find out exactly what we currently have,” said Mullowney. “And that’s what the first approach to government will be; to find out what is the level of service we currently have, and then we will have to take that back to the joint council to see if that is something we want to beef up a bit.”

He assured residents who might be concerned about health services, particularly ambulance services, that by approaching the problem as a region, an answer would be more forthcoming than if individual towns lobbied for improvements.

“I think anytime you can do something regionally, it carries a little more wight then if you do it community by community, so that’s where we’re at now,” said Mullowney.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News