Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford Mary Butler has expressed her shock and disgust at reports of conditions at the mortuary in University Hospital Waterford and has called on the Minister for Health to make a statement on the matter.

She was responding to a letter sent to the South-South West Hospital Group from four pathologists complaining about the lack of refrigeration facilities and cramped conditions.

Deputy Butler said, “The contents of this letter, which was sent to the South-South West Hospital Group is deeply distressing and will be of great concern to families whose loved ones have passed at the hospital. The issues raised by the pathologists highlight the ongoing failures by the HSE to manage concerns, many of which have been raised time and time again.

“The mortuary at UHW was deemed unfit for purpose in 2004, and a brief for a new mortuary was completed in 2006. Despite being given the green light in 2013, the project has not been progressed any further.

“The fact that four pathologists had to put pen to paper illustrates how frustrated consultants are with the way the health service is being mismanaged by this government. Even the most basic services are suffering.

“We have always had a history in this country of treating death with dignity, but the situation outlined by the pathologists in this letter is truly appalling, unacceptable and shameful.

“The Minister must ensure that an investigation is established and a solution found. The current situation cannot be allowed to continue. Families in Waterford, and indeed across the country, deserve better”, concluded Deputy Butler.