Wednesday, 17th January 2018
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Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has welcomed news that the long awaited mobile Cath Lab will arrive in Waterford shortly and be operational by early October. He said it represents a step forward but falls far short of what is required.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said: "The presence of a mobile Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford will help in reducing waiting times for planned cardiac work at UHW. This is to be welcomed and represents a step forward.

"However it is not the solution to the overall need to enhance cardiac services in the region. The mobile Lab will provide diagnostic assessments but will not provide a PPCI or emergency cardiac service. In other words the current limited 9-5 Monday to Friday emergency service will remain even with the presence of a mobile Lab.

"It is important that we keep our eye firmly fixed on what is the real and only solution. That is 24/7 PPCI at UHW catering for all patients in the region.

"The planned national review needs to take place sooner rather than later. Foot dragging cannot be allowed. I will continue to work with Government and opposition Oireachtas members as well as local campaigners to ensure we get full emergency cardiac services in place in the South East."

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