Waterford TD, Mary Butler has welcomed the support of the Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson, Billy Kelleher TD for the re-instatement of 24/7 Cardiac Care in University Hospital Waterford which is contingent on the opening up of a second catherisation lab in the hospital.

“Today’s bombshell that the report commissioned by the Government, and called a formality by local Minister, John Halligan TD, has suggested that services may be reduced, and that an existing high-tech cardiac facility could be transferred to Cork is a significant blow to everyone in Waterford,” said Butler.

“Since my election to Waterford City and County Council in 2014, and throughout the General Election, I made 24/7 cardiac care a core part of my campaign. I’ve been supported by the leadership of Fianna Fáil, in particular our Health Spokesperson, Billy Kelleher,” added Butler.

“Fianna Fáil is not in government now, but it is our clear intention to lead the next Irish Government. When in government, we will ensure that cardiac care in Waterford is strengthened and improved,” said Kelleher.

“Deputy Butler has consistently raised the issue of cardiac care in University Hospital Waterford with me, and Fianna Fáil remains committed to a second catherisation lab, and 24/7 cardiac care,” concluded Kelleher.