Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that mixed messages on the potential implementation of the Herity Report are a cause for concern, and that Government supporting members of the Oireachtas need to step up and deliver for Waterford.
Speaking following a meeting between a number of Waterford TDs and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the South/South West Hospital Group, Deputy Butler said: “There is clearly a lack of clarity about how the misguided Herrity Report would be implemented
“The COO gave us conflicting accounts. On the one hand, he said that the Herrity Report is government policy so it will be implemented, yet on the other hand said that the recommendation to cease all PCI interventions would not be implemented this year, or even next year.
“While I welcome any delay in reducing these services, Minister Halligan, Deputy Deasy, and Senator Coffey, all being government supporters, need to explain why they are allowing such changes to be even considered.
“Last year, while I welcomed the possible installation of a mobile cath lab at the hospital, I said that the devil would be in the detail, and I have been proven correct.
“The mobile cath lab will do nothing to provide additional emergency cardiac cover, and will only be on site for, at most, four months, to help deal with the chronic waiting list, nearly 700 people, for scheduled procedures.
“The campaign to deliver 24/7 cardiac continues. Let me be absolutely clear, because many commentators, both media and political, have attempted to muddy the waters; Fianna Fáil is committed to delivering, in government, 24/7 cardiac care at UHW through the provision of a second catherisation lab,” concluded Butler.