The Health Service Executive says it’s supporting an ambulance service for children.
It says it’s receiving no funding from any other source in running the Bumbleance service that was established in Kerry. The Saoirse Foundation established the Bumbleance service. The charity was founded by Tony and Mary Heffernan from Keel whose two children died of a rare, incurable disease. According to the HSE, its ambulance service is working with the Saoirse Foundation to provide a service to patients on an interim basis. Four directors resigned from the board of the foundation earlier this year citing governance issues. The charity was the subject of a complaint made to the Charities Regulatory Authority which is looking into the matter.
Tony Heffernan says complaints made against the charity are completely inaccurate and he has always fully supported a governance review of the foundation.