Thursday 22 February 2018

Thousands protest at hospital to highlight failure in cardiac care

University Hospital Waterford
University Hospital Waterford
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Thousands of people turned up in protest to highlight the failure to implement 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford.

The protest was arranged by the South East Patient Advocacy Group to highlight the lack of cardiac care, which was promised in 2012 by the then Minister for Health, James Reilly.

Hilary O’Neill, one of the founders of the South East Patient Advocacy Group said:

“Our community group is renewing our call for Minister Simon Harris to meet with us and hear our concerns. People’s lives are being put at risk in the South East every day between 5.30pm and 8.00am and at weekends. How long must we wait before the Minister will address our concerns properly?

"It’s only a matter of time before a life is lost as services in the South East simply are not adequate."

Yvonne Cooney, one of the organisers said:

 ‘This is a matter of life and death. Minister Harris’ behaviour has been reckless in failing to address the concerns of medics at the Hospital. Today’s protest is a call for action and to have this deplorable decision overturned immediately. This Government is refusing to invest in cardiology services for 500,000 people."

The group are urging people to sign a petition to present to Minister Harris.

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