Enniscorthy-based Wexford general election candidate Cllr. Johnny Mythen welcomes agreement on Cath Lab for South East.
In a statement issued to WexfordToday.com, Cllr Mythen said; “I am delighted that the Government has agreed to fund a modular Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford. This is a product of a long process embarked upon by campaigners in the South East. It will take a little time to deploy as planning permission will be needed, but if delivered, it represents a massive step forward for patients in the South East.”
“It is unacceptable that wait times for cardiac interventions and procedures in the South East are on the increase. While the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab represented limited progress at the time it cannot be a long-term fix,” said Cllr Mythen, who added; “The deployment of a mobile Lab has reduced diagnostic angiogram wait times but increased intervention wait times. This is because of the limitations of a mobile Lab which cannot carry out procedures and interventions.”
In conclusion, Cllr Mythen said; “The Minister (for Health) promised to meet with regional Oireachtas members weeks ago. It is clear he is dragging his feet on agreeing to meet and has still not set out any time frame for deploying a modular Lab. He must do so before the Dáil rises for the summer recess. Failure to do so will represent bad faith on the part of the Minister and the Government.”