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Deployment of mobile Cath lab for South East in doubt - David Cullinane TD

16 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has said the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab for Waterford to treat patients in the South East is now in serious doubt. He said it is a case in which promises made again are not being kept.

Speaking this evening David said:

"In January of this year Minister of State John Halligan announced the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab to UHW 'within weeks'. The announcement was made twenty four hours before a major protest rally on the issue. Minister Halligan said a statement from the Minister for Health would follow in days 'clarifying everything'. No such letter was published.

"Since then I have relentlessly followed this up to again ensure a promise made is a promise delivered. I was informed in March through a response from the Minister for Health that the Mobile Lab would be deployed in early June.

"This will now not happen. The General Manager of UHW has informed me that despite submitting a business case months ago to the South/South West Hospital Group he has still not received approval to proceed.

"He further clarified that a significant reduction in wait times due to the outsourcing of patients to Cork has lessened the business case and makes a decision to deploy 'more difficult'.

"This raises serious doubt as to whether a mobile Lab will ever be deployed. How many times have we been marched up a hill on this issue only to be marched back down again?

“Enough is enough. The false promises and the continuous raising of expectations is sickening and should not be tolerated. A promise made should be delivered.”

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