Thursday, 14th December 2017
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Waterford Oireachtas members Minister John Halligan TD, David Cullinane TD, Mary Butler TD, Senator Grace O’Sullivan and Senator Paudie Coffey tonight held a constructive meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris on the future of cardiac care in the South-East.

The meeting focused on the planned National Review into Cardiac Services, current cardiac wait times at University Hospital Waterford, data from the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab and an ongoing review of cardiac services in UHW by the National Clinical Programme.

In a joint statement this evening the Waterford Oireachtas members said: "The meeting tonight was useful and constructive. We reviewed the updated wait times for cardiac procedures at University Hospital Waterford and significant progress was reported. As a consequence of outsourcing and the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab wait times have dramatically reduced with very few patients waiting longer than six months. This is good news and evidence that increased capacity reduces waiting times.

"The Minister informed us that he will shortly announce an Independent Chair to oversee the national review. It was accepted that any review must be thorough, truly Independent and based on the best clinical and medical advice and the most up to date data. The Minister acknowledged the need for extensive and genuine consultation with all stakeholders and committed to ensuring that everyone will have their say.

"The Minister also acknowledged the reduction in wait times and the demand for increased services at University Hospital Waterford by Oireachtas members, regional clinicians and campaigning groups. He committed to patient voices being front and centre in the review process. He also understood the regional significance of this issue and committed to further engagement with Oireachtas members in the region.

"As Waterford Oireachtas members we are deeply conscious of the emotiveness and urgency associated with this issue. We stand resolute in our desire to see enhanced cardiac services and delivery of 24/7 PPCI at University Hospital Waterford. We will continue to act in unison and with one voice for Waterford and the region."

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