Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has secured the agreement of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to invite stakeholders to make presentations in relation to the Herrity Report in the provision of a 2nd catherisation lab at University Hospital Waterford.

Earlier this month, I wrote to the Chairperson of the Committee, Dr. Michael Harty TD requesting that consultants from the region would be invited before the Committee to give their verdict on the report.

Fianna Fáil’s representatives on the Committee, Deputies Billy Kelleher and Margaret Murphy O’Mahony argued strongly in favour of my proposal, and I am delighted that the Chairperson has agreed.

“It’s really important that those at the centre of this issue, the doctors who have to provide the services, are heard from at the heart of government.”

“Over the next number of weeks, the Committee will discuss their work plan, and will let me know when they hope to bring in the stakeholders.”

“Ensuring a 2nd catherisation laboratory and 24/7 cardiac care for the people of Waterford and the South East remains a core priority for me, and Fianna Fáil.”

“There are many who have made lots of noise on this issue, but have achieved little. Sensible politics, like bringing this issue to the Health Committee, will ensure that this issue is dealt with in a much more positive fashion,” concluded Butler.