Waterford consultants say cath lab report uses 'Croke Park' analogy

Waterford consultants say cath lab report uses 'Croke Park' analogy

A group of consultants from University Hospital Waterford have rejected the findings of a report at University Hospital Waterford, which did not recommend a second catherisation laboratory at the hospital.

The consultants said that they utterly reject the findings of the report and called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD to intervene and meet with the consultants to resolve the ongoing problem of a second cath laboratory.

Commenting at the media briefing, Dr Patrick Owens, consultant cardiologist and clinical lead for cardiology at University Hospital Waterford said: "The struggle for adequate resourcing for the South East cardiac service has been four years in the fighting.

"This report was the last in a long line of hindrances and procrastinations we have encountered in this struggle, and, as a result, we accepted the process of independent review only under duress.

"The report conclusions were deeply dismaying, but made all the more so since its eventual publication last Thursday has allowed its flawed nature to be identified.”

He added: "The population calculation in the Herity report is inaccurate. From this figure, all the subsequent recommendations come.

"These recommendations hugely disadvantage the South East population, limiting still further their access to care, both by withdrawing the prospect of acute heart attack emergency care, and by profoundly under-resourcing the South East Cardiac Interventional Service in University Hospital Waterford.

"The flawed report determines the effective population size for the unit, by examining the patient flows to the unit. However, this approach is flawed.

"The flaw is best described in the ‘Croke Park’ analogy, which asks how to determine the number of people who want to come to the stadium to see the All-Ireland Final.

"The method used in the report determines this figure by simply counting the number of people in the stadium. This figure can never exceed the capacity of the stadium (82,300), regardless of the demand."

Junior Minister John Halligan is embroiled in a row with the Government over the issue and has threatened to resign if services do not improve

Health Minister Simon Harris said that he considers the matter closed.


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