South East Patient Advocacy Group is calling on Fianna Fáil to gather cross party support for Private Member’s Motion to implement 24/7 cardiac care at UHW
The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) has officially called on Fianna Fáil to put down a Private Member's Motion to fulfil their pre-election promise to deliver 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford (UHW).
The Group is demanding that this be done without any further political posturing or delaying tactics. SEPAG understands Fianna Fáil has the power to do this and they understand that, with cross-party support, this would almost certainly guarantee the delivery of this crucial life-saving service to the 500,000 people in the South East.
SEPAG says it cannot allow the calls for this Private Member's Motion to continue to fall on deaf ears within the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.
“We were promised the service in 2012, this service is absolutely necessary in order to save lives and we won't rest or sit idly by until we get it. It is down to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to work out the detail between them. We are sick and tired of being isolated and treated like second-class citizens but to continue to risk lives unnecessarily every single day is absolutely unacceptable" stated SEPAG chairperson, Hilary O'Neill.
She continued: “We have put together an action plan around the entire South East region to broaden support for the necessary 24/7 cardiac care campaign. We are going to go to Kilkenny, Wexford, Tipperary and Carlow distributing information leaflets and holding public meetings to rally support for our campaign”.
The group has also begun to discuss plans to take the protest to the streets of Dublin.
“We will put firm plans together about future protests but first we must get satellite groups set up in the regional towns and counties across the whole of the South East Region. We are the only region in Ireland being denied this vital service”, added Yvonne Cooney of SEPAG.
In conjunction with these protest plans, SEPAG will continue to exert pressure on all political parties and public representatives, both local and national, to play their part in implementing this vital service.
Hilary O’Neill said: "The people of the region will accept no more excuses. We will not be placated with cynical compromises anymore. We were promised 24/7 cardiac care in 2012 and there is no way that we will settle for anything less".