Kilkenny has just two emergency ambulances on duty each night for its population of 100,000 people, the Kilkenny People can reveal.
The information was obtained following a Freedom of Information request which sought a breakdown of the availability of ambulances in Kilkenny on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.
The HSE said the ambulances can be deployed elsewhere and resources from outside Kilkenny can also be deployed into the county “according to demand”.
Fianna Fáil's John McGuinness, said: “It’s not as if the ambulances are static. The National Ambulance Service needs to be placed strategically from a local perspective.”
While Deputy Bobby Aylward added: “One ambulance cannot cater for 50,000 people on a nightly basis. This is not sustainable. This must be looked at urgently.”
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