October 18, 2021

The time for talk is over: Waterford cardiac campaigners march on Taoiseach’s office to demand action

Representatives from the South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) in Waterford took a trip over the border to Cork on Friday to demand that the Taoiseach keeps a pre-election promise.

“Today both cardiac campaign groups SEPAG and 24/7 cardiac cover for the southeast paid a visit to Micheal Martin’s constituency office in Cork to deliver a message on behalf of the people of the South East and make it loud and clear that he must now keep his promise and 24/7 must be implemented now,” a post on SEPAG’s Facebook page said.

The group of protesters arrived at Micheál Martin’s constituency office in Cork city to deliver a letter repeating his pledge adding that now that Fianna Fáil is in power, it is time for him to deliver on his promise.

“We are calling on Mr Martin to fulfil his promise. It’s as simple as that,” SEPAG spokesperson Hilary O’Neill told the Irish Examiner.

“We need 24/7 cardiac care. People have died because we don’t have a 24/7 service.

“We are being treated like second-class citizens in this region – our lives don’t seem to matter. It’s a human rights issue. This isn’t about politics, this is about peoples’ lives.”

The cath lab service at UHW provides cardiac services between 9am and 5am Monday to Friday only.


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