Friday 24 November 2017

'My brother Tom should still be here with us'

Catherine Power, sister of Thomas, at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Catherine Power, sister of Thomas, at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

The sister of a man who was unable to go to the closed cath lab in Waterford, and who died in an ambulance, has said she "will be haunted for the rest of her days".

Catherine Power (35) said she was very disappointed that Health Minister Simon Harris did not attend a meeting in the Dáil with campaigners and a host of TDs.

Thomas Power (39), from Bell Lake, near Dunmore East, in Co Waterford, died in June after being moved from University Hospital Waterford (UHW) to Cork University Hospital to have stents inserted.

"We demand a 24/7 cardiac unit in the south-east, which is an area that has been deprived. My brother could have been here if those doors were opened," she told the Irish Independent.

Ms Power said although she was aware of the issue before, she was unaware of its scale.

Minister John Halligan said procurement recently began for a mobile cath lab that will be located on the grounds of UHW from September, for five months. He said the mobile cath lab was "not a solution" to the problem.

"It is important for people to be clear that the mobile lab proposal was not designed as an alternative to a permanent second cath lab," he said.

The Independent Alliance TD said the fight for a new cath lab was only "just beginning".

Irish Independent

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