Saturday, 18th November 2017
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SEPAG calls for public inquest into Thomas Power’s death

Dear editor

The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) is calling for a full public inquest into Thomas Power's death and the immediate implementation of 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford

The South East Patient Advocacy Group fully supports the call for a full public inquest into Thomas Power's death at the request of his family. SEPAG is also calling on the Department of Health to immediately deploy a mobile cath lab to University Hospital Waterford to enable a 24/7 cardiac care service to be implemented for the southeast region without any further delay

“We cannot have any more needless deaths” said Hilary O'Neill of SEPAG “the simple solution is to install the mobile cath lab immediately which can operate 9 – 5 Mon – Fri performing diagnostics and some routine procedures. This would leave the cath lab at University Hospital Waterford available for interventional cardiology on a 24/7 basis until a second permanent cath lab can be put in place. It is not an unreasonable request and we feel it can be done and it may prevent more needless deaths in the region. People are telling me they are scared they will have a heart attack and die because there is now heightened awareness of the fact that the cath lab is closed every evening after 5 and at the weekend. Most heart attacks occur at these times. All we are asking for is a fighting chance and we are being denied that”

SEPAG understand that both FF and SF have agreed the terms of an urgent Motion that they are are hoping will be agreed upon by the rest of the house on Tuesday. Statements can then be allowed to be taken in view of the urgency of the matter and hopefully the Motion will be passed before Friday. SEPAG are calling on Simon Harris to meet with the relevant parties tomorrow (Tuesday) to agree the terms of the Motion and to the immediate implementation of 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford

“There is no reason for any more delays” said Yvonne Cooney of SEPAG. “A man has died simply because of where he lived even though he lived 10 minutes away from a Category 4 Acute Hospital. It is medical apartheid and we can no longer tolerate this disgraceful situation. We are being denied a basic standard of care”

Yours sincerely

Hilary O'Neill

South East Patient Advocacy Group

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