Cardiac services must be protected and expanded in Waterford – Cullinane
Waterford Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has today published his comprehensive discussion document on the future of cardiac services in the South East. The document has been submitted to the HSE, the Department of Health, and the Minister of Health to inform and underpin terms of reference for a national review of cardiac care.
Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:
“The shocking events in Waterford at the weekend have brought home the need for the provision of proper, safe and sustainable interventional cardiology services for the South East
“This is a crucial issue. It goes to the core of whether University Hospital Waterford is a level four Regional Hospital providing regional tertiary care.
“A national review of cardiac care is being commissioned by the Minister for Health to establish whether to cease all emergency cardiac services in the region. This is on foot of the Herity Report which proposes to cease all Primary PCI at UHW.
“This recommendation has caused shock and disbelief in the region and must be challenged.
“Local clinicians have challenged the Herity Report on a number of grounds including existing national and regional policy, the role and status of the hospital as a regional service provider, basing population catchment areas on need and not on current limited capacity, distance to other hospitals, patient safety, and risk analysis.
“In this context, I have submitted my document to the Department and put forward terms of reference proposing that a national review:
• is framed in the context of existing national and regional policy
• is Independent and based on clinical and medical need and is underpinned by the National Clinical Programme
• consults widely with local clinicians and medical experts
• is based on the actual population of the South East and not an arbitrary effective catchment population
• is cognisant of the range of travel time to hospitals outside the region and not simply the average time
• clarifies the status of UHW as a regional hospital
• identifies need and capacity based on the geographical area the hospital services namely the South East
“The South East deserves the same level of services as all other regions. Patients in the South East want safe and accessible services. This must involve the provision of a second Cath Lab and 24/7 PPCI at UHW for all patients in the region.”
Note: Please see attached the document in question