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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.

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