Sunday 18 February 2018

Cardiologist stands over cath lab call

University Hospital Waterford Photo: Catherine Devine
University Hospital Waterford Photo: Catherine Devine

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.

Irish Independent

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