MCLOUGHLIN ‘ COMMITTED’ TO FIGHT FOR CATH LAB
TONY McLoughlin T. D. says he will fight ‘ tooth and nail’ to ensure everything is done to deliver a fixed Cardio Cath lab to Sligo University Hospital.
Tony McLoughlin last week released a document to local media from the, Chief Operations Officer of Saolta University Hospital Group, Ann Cosgrove, which he received.
The correspondence contains an update with regard to the provision of a new fixed cardio catherisation laboratory at Sligo University Hospital.
In the document, Cosgrove advises Deputy McLoughlin that she acknowledges his previous correspondence on the matter and that she can now confirm that “the business case for ‘ Developing a Cardiology Network in Saolta Health Care Group for the Delivery of Invasive Cardiology Services’ has been completed by Saolta and that it has been submitted to the HSE for consideration.
There has been much anger and frustration expressed by many politicians locallyabout the length of time it was taking for the Saolta Hospital Group to conduct this business case.
McLoughlin said: “A fixed Cardio Cath Lab for the Northwest region is an absolute priority for me and my office.
“All one needs to do is to take a look at a map of Ireland to see the true picture of this situation.
“There is nothing in place above the straight- line from Dublin to Galway. The Northwest region and the people who live here are totally left out.”
He added: “Since 2014, I have raised this time and time again with the different Ministers for Health, the HSE, the CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group and the consultant cardiologist in Sligo University Hospital Dr. Donal Murray and I must note that my frustrations have boiled over on many occasions due to what I could argue was a lack of urgency from the Hospital Group on the issue.
McLOughlin continued: “I even raised it directly with a Minister at the Department of Health in the Dail Chamber in January, where I said that people were travelling in the back of ambulances to Galway and Dublin after having heart attacks, not knowing if they would make it or not, if there wasn’t a helicopter available to transport them.
“However, after reading this letter, I am glad to say that it is now clear to me that the Hospital Group have now completed their side of the task and it is now over for the HSE to deliver this service.
“You will recall In July 2017, I held a positive meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris, on the future of cardiac care in the North West and in particular on the provision of a fixed Cardio Cath Lab service to be based at Sligo University Hospital.
“At that time the Minister agreed to conduct a National Review on the provision of Cath Lab services nationally and the submission of this business case for the North West means that Sligo University Hospital will also be included in this review.”
Tony McLoughlin TD.