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Letter on mortuary post-mortem facilities in Waterford ‘truly shocking’ – Cullinane

24 April, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has described the contents of a medical letter signed by four consultant pathologists in Waterford as extremely disturbing and alarming.  The letter outlines deep concern about the poor and antiquated state of mortuary and post-mortem services at UHW. 

Speaking this morning, Deputy Cullinane said:

“I have been aware for some time of concerns by consultant pathologists at the poor state of the mortuary and post-mortem services at University Hospital Waterford. I raised these concerns at a recent meeting between Oireachtas members and the South/South West Hospital Group.

“The letter signed by four Consultant Pathologists is truly shocking. It says the mortuary lacks of sufficient refrigeration and the situation is so serious that some bodies simply decompose, causing ‘almost unspeakable’ distress to families, the four warned. It also warned of health risks to bereaved families and the wider public.

“The letter further outlines that ‘due to inadequate body storage and refrigeration facilities, most bodies lie on trolleys in corridors, often leaking body fluids on to the floor’. 

“The Government need to urgently invest in the mortuary and post-mortem facilities at the hospital. Management at UHW are awaiting approval for capital funding. This must be made available in the HSE’s upcoming capital budget.” 

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