September 17, 2021

Have a heart, Minister! Harris challenged to deliver 24-hour cardiac care for region

A Waterford TD has written to Health Minister Simon Harris seeking an update on the National Review into Specialist Cardiac Services.

Minister Harris established the review in late 2017 under the independent chairmanship of Professor Philip Nolan of Maynooth University.

Deputy David Cullinane said he has written to the minister “requesting a timetable for the completion and the publication of this review”.

The Waterford TD added: “Patients in the South East deserve the best outcomes and 24-hour availability of emergency cardiac care is the best way to achieve this.”

The Sinn Féin frontbench spokesperson (pictured below) said it is important, as the New Year gets underway, to
continue the fight for enhanced cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW).

Deputy Cullinane added: “Through a collaborative effort funding for the second cath lab was delivered and the project is now at pre tendering stage. It is hoped to complete this process soon and move to construction as quickly as possible.

“A fully functioning second Cath Lab is a vital stepping stone to enhancing cardiac services. The HSE intend to increase the emergency PPCI service to an 8am to 8pm service seven  days a week. This will require the recruitment of additional staff.

“However moving to a 24/7 PPCI service is contingent on the outcome of the National Review. This review was initiated in 2017 and first met in January 2018. We are now into 2020 and no report has yet been published.

“This is a huge issue for the people of the South East. People quite rightly demand safe and assessable cardiac services and this means a 24/7 PPCI service for the region.”

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