Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford Mary Butler has welcomed the news that a second permanent cath lab is set to be provided on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford.

Minister Harris confirmed earlier this week that the new lab will be delivered within the next 12 – 16 months. Deputy Butler says she will continue to work with Oireachtas members to try and secure the second cath lab before this timeframe.

Deputy Butler said, “This is a fantastic development and comes after all of the Oireachtas members in the South – East worked constructively together to fight for cardiac services at UHW. I have always maintained that a second cath lab at UHW is essential in order to deliver enhanced cardiac services and help save lives. It is extremely important to note that this Second Permanent Cath Lab will be delivered regardless of the finding of the National Cardiac Care Review which is currently underway.

“Fianna Fáil is completely committed to the expansion of the cardiac care service at UHW and we want to see services provided on a 24 / 7 basis. I will continue to work towards achieving round the clock cardiac care at UHW. Unfortunately Fianna Fáil is not currently in Government but our fight for 24 / 7 services will continue regardless.

“I will continue to work with my Oireachtas colleagues in the South East to ensure that the second cath lab is delivered as soon as possible. I believe we need to be ambitious with our efforts and should aim to have the unit up and running within 12 months,” concluded Deputy Butler.