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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has said that the meeting which he arranged regarding Youghal ambulance which took place today with senior officials of the National Ambulance Service, public representatives, some GPs from Youghal was very constructive and informative for both sides. The meeting was also attended by Minister of State Sean Sherlock, Sandra McLellan TD, Cllr Barbara Murray and the Mayor of Youghal, Cllr Eoin Coyne.

Deep concern and unease has been expressed in Youghal and surrounding areas at reports that the ambulance service in the area would be downgraded.

“We had the opportunity today to express these concerns at the highest level and we received a full briefing from the HSE on their plans and changes that are being envisaged.

“There is certainly a need to ensure that the best possible and most appropriate emergency service is available. I welcome the fact that the HSE have promised to engage fully with local GPs and public representatives.

“Both sides today learned a lot from the engagement and I would hope that the discussion on the very complex issues involved will result in an improved service in the long run.

“There will be further meetings and engagement on this very important issue.