Large crowd expected at rally over lack of 24/7 cardiac care in Waterford

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Large crowd expected at rally over lack of 24/7 cardiac care in Waterford

Waterford University Hospital

A protest against the ongoing lack of 24/7 cardiac care in Waterford is being organised for Saturday, January 19.

The rally will start from The Glen, Waterford at 2pm and travel down Bridge Street, The Quay and finishing at John Roberts Square.

Cardiac Campaign groups HEFSE, 24/7 Cardiac Care for the South East and the South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) together with Waterford Council of Trade Unions are calling on all citizens in the south-east to once again put their "feet on the street" in support of the ongoing campaign to deliver a comprehensive 24/7 cardiac care service at University Hospital Waterford and health equality for the South East region.

Campaigners say that "discrimination continues for those accessing cardiac health services in the South East region."

"In six years and two Government administrations, nothing has changed beyond delivery of an additional Cath Lab to Dublin to bring their total to 21units while mandating the south east region continues to suffer single lab access and a 39 hours per week service," a statement read.

"Despite recent promises, no official order from the Department of Health, the Minister or the HSE has been made or enacted to increase cardiac access or implement 24/7 cardiac care at UHW."

"The recently published 2019-2020 HSE Capital Service Plan contains no budgetary provision for enhancement of cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford and neither is there provision in it to expand the services of the contract cath lab on-site at UHW to address the longest cardiac stenting list in the country."

The South East Broken Hearts campaign is calling for the delivery of regional 24/7 cardiac care.

"We are asking for your support on January 19 to make Government hear our call. We also propose to take a clear message for health equality from the people of the south east to Dublin as a next step in March 2019," the campaign has said.

Those wishing to join the rally can do so at The Glen on Saturday, January 19 at 1.45pm as the march is scheduled to begin at 2pm.