Waterford TD calls on government to dispel doubts on second cath lab
Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that while she welcomes the confirmation from the Health Minister that the Children’s Hospital budget overruns will not affect the delivery of the second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford, but insists, "until the funding is confirmed in the 2019 Health Capital Plan, doubts will remain in the minds of the people of Waterford and the South East."
Deputy Butler was commenting after receiving a number of emails from the Minister Simon Harris confirming that ‘the increased cost of the National Children's Hospital will not have the consequence of cancelling nor delaying this project.’
“While I welcome this clarity, until the 2019 Health Capital Plan is announced, the people of Waterford will have doubts about the Government’s real commitment to delivering the 2nd cath lab," she said.
“The Minister keeps saying that it will be in the 2019 plan, but where is the plan? We are now into the second month of 2019, and we are yet to have sight of it."
“The reality is the comments made by senior management in the Department are different to that of the Health Minister. Until the funding is spelled out in black and white in the 2019 Capital Plan for the Department of Health, I and many people in Waterford and the South East will be sceptical," Butler said.
“Every week that the plan isn’t published, is another week missed in terms of making progress on getting the 2nd Cath Lab and delivering 24/7 cardiac care for the South East,” concluded Butler.