October 25, 2020

Waterford TD hails ‘a watershed in south east cardiac care’

Waterford TD Matt Shanahan has welcomed comments made by Taoiseach Varadkar in the Dail which he said gives “certainty” to the Government’s commitment to deliver increased cardiac and medical infrastructure and resource capacity at University Hospital Waterford.

The Taoiseach was responding during Leaders’ Question Time to Deputy Shanahan after he highlighted the continuing delivery delay on promises to South East cardiac care and to ambiguous language used by the Health Servoce Executive (HSE) in press statements that was leading to uncertainly over previous commitments that had been given.

Deputy Shanahan also outlined responses to pending questions he had put to the Department of Health some weeks ago which suddenly arrived into his constituency office 20 minutes before he was due to speak on the Dáil record yesterday on the lack of cardiac service in the South East, which has again reverted to a single cath lab access in a 39-hours per week schedule.

Deputy Shanahan noted the Taoiseach appeared “bemused regarding the funding delay” which appears to have significantly slowed progress on the project.

The Waterford TD said: “The Taoiseach outlined that his understanding was that capital required had transferred from the Health Dept to the HSE and it was his intention to follow up the present status in the afternoon with the HSE CEO Paul Reid.”

Deputy Shanahan said this marks “a watershed in south east cardiac care”.

He added: “For the first time we have a clear, unambiguous commitment from the Taoiseach and leader of Government stated on the Dáil record, that our south east cardiac care service will finally receive the capital investment required to upgrade our existing facilities and to build the additional cath lab facility which is the key to delivering a future 24/7 cardiac care service in the south east!.

“I want to thank Taoiseach Varadkar for his stated commitments to our case for health equality in the south east and I look forwards to applying all of my office’s efforts to see development of on-site services at UHW begin as soon as possible.”

PHOTO: South East cardiac care protestors on the streets of Dublin


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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