Press Release

Minister for Health and Children appoints Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin TD today (10 May 2000) announced the appointment of members to the new Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).

The Government’s Cardiovascular Health Strategy identified the need for a body with the power to develop appropriate standards in pre-hospital care and the appointment of members to the PHECC marks significant progress in the implementation of the Strategy. The PHECC, replaces the former National Ambulance Advisory Council and will have responsibility for developing professional and performance standards for ambulance services and personnel. In particular, the Council will take charge of developing training standards for pre-hospital care in such areas as advanced and paramedic training for ambulance personnel.

“Effective pre-hospital care is a vital element of our health services, particularly in the treatment of cardiac emergencies and I am committed to ensuring that the standard of pre-hospital care in Ireland is on a par with best international practice” said the Minister. The Minister highlighted the important role that the Council will play in ensuring that training and education in pre-hospital care keeps pace with developments internationally. The Minister stated that the PHECC would build on the work of the NAAC and further develop standards of training and service in pre-hospital care. “I am anxious to make progress in the area of advanced training for ambulance personnel and I will be asking the new Council to address this issue as one of its first tasks.” said the Minister.