HOWLIN PUSHES FOR MOBILE CATH LAB FOR WATERFORD

Issued 17 May 2017

Labour Party Leader and TD for Wexford, Brendan Howlin, has today called on the Taoiseach to ensure a mobile cath lab is in place for University Hospital Waterford.

“I am particularly disappointed by the response from the Taoiseach in the Dáil today. He could not give me a date as to when the mobile cath lab will be put in place in Waterford.

“There is enormous concern in the South East about the issue of cardiac care in University Hospital Waterford. An interim solution was announced by the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health in January, namely that a second mobile catheterisation laboratory would be provided. That was a solemn commitment made ito the people of the south east but to date it has not happened.

“The South East is the only region in the country that does not have 24 hour cardiac catheterisation laboratory facilities. When will this happen? When will the interim solution of a mobile unit happen and when will the decision be made regarding a second permanent catheterisation laboratory should that be determined by the Government to be required?

“The Taoiseach when asked directly by me could not provide a simple and direct response to these questions.”