Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has welcomed the decision of the Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee to allow the Herrity Report into 24/7 Cardiac Care in Waterford, and the South East, be discussed at its meeting on the 8th February.

“Last November, I, through my Fianna Fáil colleagues on the committee, requested that the Herrity Report be discussed in detail, and bring experts before the Committee to discuss its recommendations.

“Fianna Fáil has been consistently clear that it supports 24/7 cardiac cover, and the installation of a second catherisation lab, at University Hospital Waterford.

“What has been lost in this debate is that Minister Halligan made the deal with Fine Gael to deliver the 2nd lab, and 24/7 care, not Fianna Fáil.

“This week’s debate about the Herrity Report, will I’m sure, bring much needed clarity about the inaccuracies and flawed findings of the report, and demonstrate that the case for 24/7 cardiac care is clear and strong.

“I am aware that Prof. Herrity, the author of the report, and Dr. Owens from UHW, have both been invited to address the committee. I look forward to debating with each of them on the merits of the report, and finding the best way forward to deliver the care the people of Waterford need and deserve,” concluded Butler.