Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “We had a very constructive meeting. It provided us with a great opportunity to raise concerns on the replacement of some ambulances with rapid response vehicles which cannot carry patients to hospital.
“This meeting was very timely given that it came on the day that trade unions held rallies across Northern Ireland to protest against public service cuts. People are very worried about frontline services being cut and we need assurances that key services will be safeguarded.
“In particular, I raised the issue of ambulance cover in the Ards Peninsula. I asked about the possibility of having a station located in the area and I suggested that the Ambulance Service could look into sharing facilities at a local fire station.”