ianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher has said that the shameful situation that resulted in the death of a  young Waterford man, in his prime, needs to be urgently investigated to ensure that it never happens again.

“I want to send my deepest sympathies to Thomas’s wife, and family on their tragic loss. Thomas was in the prime of his life, newly married and expecting his first child later this year.

“The death of Thomas Power at the weekend highlights the absolutely critical need for the delivery of 24/7 Cardiac Care through the development of a second catherisation lab.

“This loss of life highlights the need to for the government to deliver 24/7 Cardiac Care last year.

“An independent review is needed to answer some basic yet important questions about the care provided to Mr Power. Was he assessed by a consultant prior to the decision to transfer him to Cork University Hospital? Did medical staff travel with Mr Power to Cork and were all current protocols followed and do they need to changed or amended?

“The lack of 24/7 Cardiac Care at the hospital has to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“UHW serves a population in excess of 500,000 people across the South East. The Herrity Report, underestimated the impact of not having 24/7 Cardiac Care in UHW.

“The idea that we expect critically ill patients who present to UHW outside of Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm to travel to Cork University Hospital is not workable. It’s simply not possible to do this in a quick enough way to maintain patient safety.

“Let me be absolutely clear: The people of Waterford and the South East deserve 24/7 Cardiac Care at UHW through the establishment of a second full time catherisation lab, and Fianna Fáil will deliver that when in Government,” concluded Kelleher.