The Minister for Health says that no additional Cath Lab will be put in place in any hospital pending the outcome of the National Review
Oireachtas members from all counties in the south-east held a meeting with the Minister for Health yesterday to discuss ongoing concerns about the lack of capacity in cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford and the need for a second permanent Cath Lab and 24/7 emergency cardiac care at the regional hospital.
The Oireachtas members present agreed the following joint statement:
“Today’s meeting was constructive and engaging. The Oireachtas members from across the south-east are at one in that a second permanent Cath Lab and 24/7 emergency cardiac care is put in place at University Hospital Waterford. We are engaging with the Minister in good faith and with a single regional voice and objective.
“The Minister for Health informed us that no additional Cath Lab will be put in place in any hospital pending the outcome of the National Review. The Minister outlined to our delegation the process underpinning the national review which he described as ‘extensive, engaging and underpinned by maximum public consultation’.
"He said it is his hope that the chair of the review will visit all regions and regional PPCI centres including UHW. He further outlined that the national review will involve a full and comprehensive public consultation process where citizens, patient groups and clinicians can make representations.
“Our delegation impressed upon the Minister the need for interim plans to be put in place while the national review is ongoing. We are deeply conscious of the emotions and fears patients in the south-east have because of limited emergency services in place. The Minister has agreed to extend the deployment of the Mobile Cath Lab for at least 10 weeks.
“In the intervening period he will update us on efforts by UHW management to recruit additional staff to extend the operation of the existing lab by 20% and has allocated the necessary funds in relation to this. He also committed to examining a number of other proposals made including the deployment of a modular Lab that will allow for diagnostic angiograms as well as intervention procedures.
“As regional Oireachtas members our sole purpose is to continue to work together and as a group with the Minister to deliver the extended services that patients in the South East need and deserve. Our goal is to see the delivery of a second Cath Lab and 24/7 PPCI at UHW to treat all patients in the region and we will engage with the National Review accordingly.”