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Second Cath Lab a Medical Necessity for Waterford – David Cullinane TD

8 February, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Today after being questioned by David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, the author of the Herity Report all but confirmed that a second cath lab is a medical necessity for Waterford and the South East.

Deupty Cullinane said:

"Niall Herity was before the Health Committee and I was able to pin him down on his report.

We can now see that one lab is not sustainable.

It is not possible to have one lab for both planned procedures and for emergencies.

Nor is it feasable in the long-term to have all emergency cases flown or driven to Cork.

We need to go back to the Higgins Report and implement its findings.

University Hospital Waterford needs to be treated by the HSE as a regional hospital.

The present plan, which appears to be to downgrade facilities at Waterford and treat it as a general hospital, simply doesn't make sense form a clinical and regional point of view.

I will continue to fight to have the Higgins Report put in place and for Waterford and the South East to be given the resources it needs to sustain and grow as a region." ENDS

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