Monday 23 October 2017

Campaigners for 24-hour cath lab hold vigil for tragic Tom

A vigil by the Still Waiting health campaign was held at UHW on the Dunmore Road yesterday, in order to highlight the dangers facing those in the region with cardiac events outside of office hours and at the weekend. Picture: Patrick Browne
A vigil by the Still Waiting health campaign was held at UHW on the Dunmore Road yesterday, in order to highlight the dangers facing those in the region with cardiac events outside of office hours and at the weekend. Picture: Patrick Browne

A campaign group calling for 24-hour cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) held a vigil outside the facility following the tragic death of Tom Power.

Mr Power (40), of Bell Lake, near Dunmore East, Co Waterford, died on Sunday en route to Cork University Hospital from Waterford to have stents inserted.

A vigil by the Still Waiting health campaign was held at UHW on the Dunmore Road yesterday, in order to highlight the dangers facing those in the region with cardiac events outside of office hours and at the weekend.

At the vigil yesterday, Still Waiting spokeswoman Una Dunphy said: "We are not going to let cardiac care for Waterford be run down again. People power is what is going to get this. People feel very let down.

"The dogs in the street know that the cardiac care [at UHW] is not good enough…what we need now is action."

Irish Independent

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