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Constructive cross-party meeting with Minister for Health on cardiac care for the South East

13 July, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

A cross party meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris on the future of cardiac care in the South East was described as constructive by Waterford Oireachtas members who attended.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Health Harris, Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan, Deputy David Cullinane, Deputy Mary Butler, Senator Paudie Coffey, and a representative for Senator Grace O’Sullivan.

The Oireachtas members agreed to the following joint statement:

“The need for 24/7 Emergency PPCI for the South East is an absolute priority. We impressed upon the Minister the need for urgent and speedy action. We detected a step change in his approach and a greater understanding of the issues.

“The Minister has agreed to expedite a National Review and consult with all parties and groups on its terms of reference. He also agreed that the review needs to be fair, robust, based on clinical and medical need and on providing safe and accessible emergency cardiac care for all patients in the South East and nationally. 

“The Minister will instruct his Department to immediately commence the preparatory work and ensure the terms of reference are completed as soon as is possible. He also agreed to the review being conducted by an outside International expert.

“The Minister noted the cross-party motion which had been tabled and acknowledged that this has helped to expedite the process.  

“The Minister has previously committed to a standalone regional review. However, this may be superseded in the event of a favourable recommendation following the national review. The purpose of our meeting was to inject urgency into the process. We look forward to an early follow on meeting to report progress. We are committed to ensuring that all is done to deliver 24/7 PPCI at University Hospital Waterford.” 

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