Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil has welcomed the news that the Consultant Appointment Advisory Committee has finally approved two new consultant cardiologist posts in University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

Deputy Brassil said it was shameful that it had taken so long for the posts to be approved given that they had been vacant since June 2018 and called for them to be advertised immediately and filled without delay.

He said, “Since first becoming aware of the vacancies in UHK I have raised it numerous times in Dáil Éireann. Unfortunately, I was met with differing stories from the HSE, the Department and the Minister.

“Despite being told the replacement process commenced as soon as the position became vacant, I learned in March of this year that the post was awaiting approval by the HSE’s Consultant Appointment Advisory Committee.

“The delay in approving the post has caused huge concern for the people of Kerry who feared for the future of the hospital as a category 3 24/7 hospital. Over one year later I am glad it has finally been approved but we need to see it advertised immediately.

“There can be no further delay in filling these posts and I am calling on the Minister to expedite the recruitment process. I will continue to fight until such a time as both positions are filled and the future of cardiac care in UHK is secure”, he concluded.