Reduction in cardiac wait times makes case for second Cath Lab unassailable – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has welcomed the huge drop in wait times for cardiac procedures at University Hospital Waterford. Deputy Cullinane was responding to figures released to him by management at University Hospital Waterford which show that the number of patients waiting 6 months or more has been dramatically reduced.
The figures released are timely as Waterford Oireachtas members will meet with the Minister for Health Simon Harris this evening to discuss the terms of reference for the planned national review.
Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:
“Through a combination of outsourcing patients to Cork and the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab, the cardiac wait times at University Hospital Waterford have dramatically reduced. The number of patients waiting between 6-8 months has reduced from 87 in April to only 3 in November. The numbers waiting 8-12 months has reduced from 80 in January to 5 in November. The figures show that no patient is now waiting for over 12 months.
“It is obvious that the need for a second Cath Lab exists. A HSE review carried out by the Acute Coronary Syndrome Programme looks set to be favourable to University Hospital Waterford. The case for a second Cath Lab is now undeniable and backed up with clear clinical data.
“Waterford Oireachtas members will today meet with the Minister for Health. We will do so with a single voice and a single message. The people of the South-East deserve the same level of cardiac care as all other regions.
“The Minister for Health must review the reduced wait times and the content of any report from the ACS Programme. With the right political will, and underpinned by the medical and clinical facts, the Minister can and should act and agree to a second Cath Lab at UHW.”
Note: Please see the figures for waiting times below