Real reform in Healthcare needed – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has said that real reform was needed in healthcare, not one-off deals. Deputy Cullinane expressed satisfaction that previous commitments he had received from Minister Varadkar had been followed through on, namely the regional healthcare review and the proposed development of a second Cath lab in Waterford University Hospital, but that more needed to be done.
The Waterford TD said:
“Sinn Féin is committed to dealing with all the problems in our health system and we welcome the announcement of a review of facilities at Waterford University Hospital.
“It is abundantly clear, however, that the review is not part of any new deal or new pressure. The regional review and the proposed development of a second Cath lab in Waterford University Hospital were flagged by the Minister last year as issues to be raised in 2016.
“In a response to a question that I asked in the Seanad of Minister Varadkar in December 2015, he said that University Hospital Waterford ‘is committed to the progressive extension of the current PPCI service’ and that ‘the issue remains to be considered and prioritised by the HSE, in the development of the strategic plan or the south—south west hospital group. It is expected that the groups will develop and complete their strategic plans in 2016.’
“However, there are a multitude of issues regarding health provision in the South East.
“There is an urgent need to increase bed capacity.
“Resources need to be directed to reduce pressure in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ENT and urology which are under real pressure.
“There are 3,500 patients waiting longer than 12 months.
“A quarter of radiology posts are unfilled leading to x-ray cancellations and 8,500 on outpatient waiting lines.
“Sinn Féin is committed to ending the current two-tier health system and building a universal system for all.”