Kehoe Welcomes Immediate Review of South East Cardiac Services

Minister Paul Kehoe has today welcomed the statement from the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD following is meeting with yesterday with Waterford Oireachtas members from all parties in relation to cardiac services in the South East which has resulted in an agreement to expedite a national review of all primary PCI services, encompassing the South East Region.

In his statement Minister Harris outlined; “This review will seek to ensure that as many patients as possible have access on a 24/7 basis to safe and sustainable emergency interventions following a heart attack.  This review will clearly encompass all regions of the country, including the South East.

“My Department will immediately commence the preparatory work including identifying an international expert and examining the scope of the review. The guiding principles for this review will be to strive to provide a primary PCI service that can deliver clinical outcomes on par with international standards.

Minister Kehoe has stressed that this review does not affect the additional resources provided to UHW or the commitment to review the impact of extended hours at the existing cath lab and the deployment of a mobile cath lab and that he will continue to work with Minister Harris and the HSE to seek resolution on this issue.