Friday 19th May 2017

UHW Consultant says mobile cath lab is 'sticking plaster'

UHW Consultant says mobile cath lab is 'sticking plaster'
The former Clinical Director of the South South West hospital group says he remains sceptical as to whether or not a mobile cath lab will be rolled out at University Hospital Waterford.

Health Minister Simon Harris told Waterford TD's this week that a mobile lab will be at the hospital next month as part of the government's plan to reduce waiting lists.

The HSE's Operational Plan for 2017 included a commitment to implement the recommendations of the Herity Report in the second half of the year, which would see the existing lab open longer.

Dr. Rob Landers says that the mobile lab is a 'sticking plaster' that falls short of 24/7 cardiac care.

The South South West Hospital group was formed on the back of the Higgins report, and saw what was then Waterford Regional Hospital alligned to Cork University Hospital.

Consultants in Waterford OK'd the plan, however Rob Landers claims that commitments which were given at that time have not been honoured.

He says the Herity report, on which government policy is based, is flawed.