Mobile Cath Lab Confirmation Welcome but Concerns Still Exist – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has today welcomed the news that the mobile cath lab for University Hospital Waterford has been approved for tender, but expressed concerns that we are still no closer to a permanent solution.
Deputy Cullinane said;
"The HSE was able to tell me today that the tender for the mobile cath lab will go live in the next week or so. This is to be welcomed.
"The process will take about six weeks until contracts are signed. Then it will take another couple of weeks to prepare the site. Overall, it will take two to three months until it is finally operational.
"I wish to acknowledge that this is good for Waterford. However, I am still concerned that the service level agreement with Cork University Hospital will remain in place.
"In other words, patients will continue to be transferred to Cork even when the mobile lab is up and running.
"Also, the mobile lab will only be in place for a couple of months before it is moved to another hospital. In other words, we could be back to where we were by the end of the year.
"Waterford needs a permanent solution. I will continue to campaign for such a solution based on clinical need and the population catchment area of the south east.
"This was the approach of the Higgins Report and I will continue to hold the HSE to that report.”