Health Service Executive Accused Over Ambulance Service ‘Privatisation’

SIPTU has accused the Health Service Executive of trying to privatise the country’s Ambulance Service. The claim was made after an expression of interest notice was posted on the government’s e-tender website on Friday.

Siptu which represents the majority of ambulance personnel has criticised this move, describing it as privitisation by stealth.

Siptu says the decision by the health service executive to seek tenders from private ambulance operators is a breech of the national agreement and the union is demanding an urgent meeting with senior HSE management

The HSE denied the unions claims, saying it was simply formalising existing services around the country.