Kerry TD not satisfied with scaling back of air ambulance services

Fianna Fáil Deputy John Brassil. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography
A Kerry TD has said he is not satisfied with the Taoiseach allowing the scaling back of air ambulance services.
Fianna Fáil’s John Brassil criticised Leo Varadkar for his handling of the recruitment and retention issue in the Air Corps which has forced a temporary reduction in emergency air ambulance services across the country.
A shortage of pilots means the service is being reduced by four days a month until the end of February.
The staffing issue also means that the community air ambulance meant solely for purpose in Kerry and Cork will be tasked to cover rescue operations in other counties for four days a week.
As it stands, there are two such helicopters in operation.
Deputy Brassil says the Taoiseach has to clarify the practicalities of such a cut back.