SIPTU representatives have demanded an immediate examination into the HSE National Ambulance Service fleet following a tragedy resulted in the death of a patient and serious injury to two paramedics, outside Naas General Hospital, County Kildare, today (Thursday, 22nd September). One paramedic has been removed to St James Hospital in Dublin due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Firstly, we would like to express our deepest sympathy with the family of the patient who died and our grave concern for the two paramedics who tried in vain to save his life. This tragedy should never have happened.” He added: “It is of deep concern that despite several similar incidents our ambulance representatives have never been fully informed as to original cause of other such fires. While the vehicle involved should be subjected to a full Garda forensic and technical examination to determine the cause of this incident, our members believe the entire fleet should also be examined for potentially fatal defects.”