Waterford TD gives 'cautious' welcome to Minister's cath lab clarification
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has given a cautious welcome to clarification from Minister Simon Harris on the provision of a second cath lab for Waterford.
In responding to questions from Deputy Cullinane at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, Minister Harris said he is fully committed to a second permanent cath lab for University Hospital Waterford and that it will be delivered as quickly as possible.
The HSE also confirmed that a design team will be appointed shortly to commence the process of formally delivering the project.
Speaking following the meeting Deputy Cullinane said: “I give a cautious welcome to clarification and assurances given by Minister Harris. However, I am concerned that we have already lost months in terms of delivery given that a design team has still not been appointed."
“On Monday next Oireachtas members will meet with the South/South West Hospital Group and the cardiac team at the UHW. We need clear, definitive timelines on when precisely this project will commence and finish."
“We cannot accept any more fudge, dithering or obfuscation. I will continue to put pressure on the Minister, the Department, the HSE and the hospital group until this project is completed and the second lab is opened and operational," David said.
“It is also important to point out that the second Lab must be capable of doing both diagnostic and interventional work and lead to the delivery of 24/7 emergency cardiac care at UHW. The people of Waterford and the south-east deserve nothing less.”