SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 15th December) expressed deep concerns over the high level of pressure on ambulance, fire and emergency services across the country. Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, SIPTU Sector Organiser, Ted Kenny said: “In order for a proper discussion to take place on the resources required for the State’s ambulance services, it is an absolute imperative that the recommendations of the National Ambulance Service Capacity Review are fully resourced and implemented.”  He added: “At the Oireachtas Health Committee, we also raised the issues affecting our members with regard to meal breaks, extended duty and travelling large distances out of their geographical areas. The reality is that 2000 staff and 100 new ambulances are needed to address the shortfalls in the service.” SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade Organiser, Geoff McEvoy, said: “The huge advances made by our members from the ground up are testament to our credibility in the area of improving the ambulance service through the development of personnel. However, the chronic shortage in both personnel and resources is adding significantly to the pressures on the service.” To read the full submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health click here