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David Cullinane TD welcomes Taoiseach comments on cardiac care for the South-East

31 July, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has welcomed comments today from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that a national review into cardiac care is being expedited to ensure that more patients in the state have access to emergency care. He said the review is crucial for the South East and that the terms of reference must be fair and grounded in medical and regional need.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"It was important for the Taoiseach to address the issue of cardiac care in the South East today. I very much welcome his comments and his commitment to expediting the national review. I also commend him for acknowledging the part the all-party motion played in moving this issue forward.

"I am conscious that a review must be impartial and based on clinical and medical need. Equally it must place value on the range of travel time to hospitals outside the region and the needs of 500,000 people in the South East.

"There can be no pre-determined outcomes and the International Expert overseeing the review must be given a fair terms of reference. No politician can or should determine the outcome but we can set the terms of reference.

"I believe the case for 24/7 emergency cardiac care in the South East is unassailable. I will not be part of raising people's expectations and I will work constructively with local and regional Oireachtas members in scrutinising the terms of reference.

"The issue of cardiac care in the region has been kicked around as a political football for far too long. Political guarantees and assurances have proven to be not worth the paper they are written on. The best way to deliver on this issue is for regional politicians to pull together and ensure we get a fair crack of the whip." 

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