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Minister Kathleen Lynch pours cold water on 24/7 cardiology cover for Waterford – Cullinane

13 May, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has reacted angrily to comments from Minister for State Kathleen Lynch on the future of cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford.

 Minister Lynch said that a national review of PPCI centres (recommended 24/7 cover for Cork and Galway only with 9-5 cover for Waterford).

Addressing the Minister in the Seanad, Senator Cullinane said:

"24/7 cardiology cover is vital for the people of Waterford and the Southeast. It is unacceptable that University Hospitals in Cork and Galway will have 24 hour PPCI cover but not Waterford. This is a clear reneging of a promise made by the previous Minister for Health. 

"The Minister is citing an Acute Coronary Syndrome Programme report published in 2011 which recommended 24/7 cover in hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway. The same report noted international best practice indicated a requirement for one 24/7 PPCI unit per 500,000 to 1 million population. The Southeast has a population close to 500,000. Is this not recognised? Is UHW no longer serving the regional population? And where does this leave promises made during the hospital reconfiguration process. 

"This is very disappointing news. It is unacceptable and it's again second best for Waterford and the Southeast. It seems 9-5 cover is only acceptable in the Southeast but 24/7 cover elsewhere. This mindset needs to change and change quickly."

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