So it's official now they've gone for the no additional funding, better than nothing but at least it looks like we're doing something approach. The Irish solution.
The comments in the newspaper article summarise it nicely. It's supposed to be an 'all Ireland' service, just don't have your accident in Donegal or Cork. It's not a HEMS service just patient transfer. Little different to what the Air Corps do now.
Also it's a further civilianisation of the Air Corps. It removes one of their helicopters from any other role. I wonder what the crewing implications will be? Will it be a popular job for aircrew or will they have to 'volunteered'.
On a positive note once it's in place. It's limitations will soon be evident. Which will make the case nicely for a full HEMS service.