Cardiologist stands over cath lab call
The cardiologist who concluded University Hospital Waterford did not need a second cath lab said yesterday he stood by his find- ings.
Belfast medic Dr Niall Herity, who was appearing before the Oireacthas health committee, faced strong criticism from Independent Alliance Junior Minister John Halligan - who had threatened to resign from Government over the rejection - and other Waterford TDs.
Dr Herity defended his methodology and said he stood by his decision to confine the cathment area to a population of 286,147, a figure critics said was too low.
"It was, and it remains, my opinion that expanding the service to provide 24/7 cover is not a sustainable solution," he said.
Waterford consultants have warned that the limited service puts lives at risk.
A mobile cath lab has since been promised.