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Letterkenny had second highest private ambulance bill

LETTERKENNY University Hospital had the second highest bill for private ambulance services in the country last year.

The figures obtained from the HSE show that Letterkenny Hospital spent €738,981 in 2016 on private ambulances because vehicles from the National Ambulance Service were not available.

The only hospital to spend more was Mayo University Hospital which spent more than €770,000 during the same period.

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The figure for Letterkenny has dropped from 2015 when a massive €1.271 million was spent on private ambulances and this compares to €708,000 in 2014.

Asked to comment on the use of private ambulances a spokesperson for the HSE said: “The HSE entered into a Service Level Agreement for Private Ambulance services following a mini competition issued for the provision of Private Transport Services.

“The successful companies were as follows: Lifeline, Medicall, Beaumont, and Murray Ambulance Services.

“This transport is used for inter hospital transfers and admission / discharge of stretcher patients from and to Community Hospitals on those occasions when the NAS (National Ambulance Service) is unable to provide the required transport.”

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