‘No more fudge’ – Waterford TD’s warning as Minister reveals timeframe to deliver second cath lab
Funding is in place for the long-awaited second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and the tender for the project will go out by the end of next month or early September.
The committment was made by the new Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, in response to a parliamentary question to Wateford TD David Cullinane.
However Deputy Cullinane, who is Sinn Féin’s health spokespersperson, hit out at the delays in delivering the vital facility. for Waterford. And he said the provision of of 24-hour cardiac services for Waterford and the South East “can no long be fudged and put on the long finger”.
The local poll-topper said: “It is crucial that the second Cath Lab is built as quickly as possible. It is unfortunate but understandable that time has been lost in delivering this unit due to Covid-19.
“However the funding is in place and the building works need to be expedited. It is regrettable that this process will take up to four months and every effort must be made to ensure no more time is lost.
“It is also worrying for the Minister to refer to a revised Capital Plan. We fought long and hard to secure the funding in the capital plan for the second lab. While the Minister may be reviewing all projects post covid-19 this project cannot fall of the list. I will be holding this Government and this Minister to their words on this matter.”
Deputy Cullinane (pictured below) also warned Minister Donnelly he cannot “fudge” the delivery of 24/7 emergency cardiac care for the Waterford and the region.
He added: “Fianna Fáil made clear commitments on this matter. An Taoiseach Micheál Martin cannot pose for photographs behind a banner one week and hide behind reviews the next. It is time that these services are delivered to the people of the South East once and for all.”