Cullinane expresses alarm at threat to cease emergency cardiac services at UHW
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has expressed alarm and shock that the policy of South/Southwest Hospital is to cease all emergency cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford pending a national review. The Chief Operations Officer for the Group confirmed to Waterford Oireachtas members that all emergency cardiac services will cease unless national policy changes.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I am deeply alarmed and shocked that the South/Southwest Hospital Group will push ahead with proposals to cease all emergency cardiac care at UHW. It seems that only a change in national policy will save the service.
“I said a number of weeks ago that we had reached a fork in the road. It is either full 24/7 care or nothing. This is completely unacceptable. The Group are also looking at progressing plans for a helipad at the hospital.
“I was also informed that the much publicised mobile Lab will be deployed only to deal with a set number of patients and for a maximum of three months.
“It is very clear that we face a major battle on our hands to keep existing services never mind enhance cardiology services. I am deeply troubled by this news and I am keen to see any terms of reference for a National review. I am not interested in any Trojan horse solutions. The Southeast needs 24/7 cardiac care and I will continue to campaign for this to be delivered.”