MORNING FOCUS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4TH
The Christmas bonus is partially restored to over 27,500 long-term social welfare recipients in Clare this week. This figure includes more than 13,300 pensioners in Clare as well as people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, and long-term jobseekers. Overall, the campaign targets 80,000 pensioners nationwide throughout November and December through a series of information leaflets, local radio interviews and social media activity. Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State at the Department of Health and the Department of Justice, joined John to discuss issues ranging from the reinstating of the Christmas bonus to elderly care.
A report into Ireland's ambulance services has highlighted a range of issues, from poor response times to the risk of older vehicles breaking down. The mammoth report, published today by the Health and Information Quality Authority, is recommending for some patients not to be brought to hospital, and instead treated at the scene or over the phone as well as a host of other recommendations to try and improve the service. Mick Dixon Chairman of The National Ambulance Service Representative Association outlined his concerns for the service with John.