We are HEFSE

We represent the children, adults, citizens of this region, of this republic:

  • We are taxpayers and contributors to the national exchequer.
  • We demand equal rights to healthcare access as is afforded to every other region of this country.
  • We are standing up for our rights to equal access to basic healthcare, which is afforded to the rest of the country.

Why the people of the southeast are being put at risk

The Cardiac Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) serves over 500,000 people across the southeast but only operates Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm. All other regions in the country have 24/7 cardiac cover and Cath Lab access. Patients in the southeast who suffer heart attacks after 5pm cannot access a Cath Lab in UHW or anywhere else within the 90 minute recommended window.

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HSFSE – ‘Health Equality for the South East’ Needs Help

We are asking you to support:

  • Our right to receive equitable healthcare.
  • Our right to receive full regional health services at UHW.
  • Our right to timely treatment for citizens suffering a heart attack in the southeast.
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The use of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 in past days to transfer a heart attack patient from UHW to CUH demonstrates clearly the need for a 24/7 PPCI service in the South East region. Leaving aside transfer times which are far from ideal given the need for non hospital campus landing sites, the combined Coast Guard helicopter fleet ( 5 Sikorsky S-92) service costs the state 68 million euro - each unit 13.6 million annually! This figure rises with a higher volume of hospital transfer flights requested. It also means a service tasked for Air / Sea rescue is not on station when charged with hospital patient transfers - a sobering thought given the recent fine weather and the increased activity in water leisure pursuits!
The additional running cost of a 24/7 regional Cardiac service at UHW has been costed at between 2.5 - 3.2 million per year. When you take account of the monetary benefits of fee income for private insureds who could access the enhanced system, the reduction in bed days for those in hospital waiting to access the lab and the defrayed costs of displaced ambulance and medical personnel charged with escorting patient transfers that figure drops significantly! Yet the Department of Health and the Minister are intent on further reviews before any decision can be taken to expand the SE service!

Given that medical based argument, scientific fact and simple logic are being ignored in this case assessment, the only other plausible reason for delaying the service or possibly subverting the review outcome is money! In other words financial self interest! Some regional politicians by ignoring these simple facts are complicit in allowing this subversion continue. Over coming weeks and months with announced reviews the identities and motivations of those driving the agenda may hopefully become clearer! The identities of those who stand to gain most from another potentially negative review outcome for a South East regional 24/7 Cardiac Service certainly wil!
Minister Harris having declared himself referee in this new review game needs to not alone understand the rules by which it is played but must also be prepared to cry foul in the event of an inaccurate score. Many lives and political careers depend on it!
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Catheterisation Labs (cath labs) are facilities in which these services are delivered

  • Diagnostic coronary angiograms
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions (stents)
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Defibrillator implants
  • Loop Recorder & Pacemaker Interrogation
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for narrowed heart valves
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