Thursday 8 December 2016

Harris rules out fresh Waterford lab review

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Mr Harris insisted he 'stands over' the independent report on University Hospital Waterford. Pic Tom Burke
Mr Harris insisted he 'stands over' the independent report on University Hospital Waterford. Pic Tom Burke

Health Minister Simon Harris emphatically ruled out any immediate review of an independent report on Waterford cardiac services despite claims it was based on incorrect data.

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Mr Harris insisted he "stands over" the independent report on University Hospital Waterford (UHW) despite claims the expert who compiled it was supplied with data which included a near 50pc write-down on the hospital catchment area and that the critical UHW risk assessment rating was temporarily amended.

More than 2,000 people protested in Waterford city last weekend over the treatment of cardiac services at UHW. In an olive branch to furious UHW campaigners, Mr Harris vowed that all the funding recommendations in the report by Prof Niall Herity, a Belfast-based cardiologist, would be immediately fulfilled for Waterford.

This will include extra staff, new equipment for the UHW catherisation lab and resources for longer opening hours. Mr Harris also indicated he would be visiting UHW shortly.

But he said Waterford would not get a second cath lab - though the Government is open to a review late next year on the success of staff and equipment investments.

He warned he would not be diverted by "the chatter of local medical politics". "You could not have got a more independent review than that of Prof Herity," he said.

Irish Independent

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