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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7.10 pm Wexford side of New Ross. Major accident on N25 - traffic stopped both directions. Hopefully there are no cardiac cases involved as it will take considerable time to get an ambulance to Cork or Dublin as Waterford Cath Lab now closed. This is what we mean when we say discriminatory sub standard care being imposed on the regional population! If people don't get active and onto local politicians we can all get prepared for even more of the same! ... See MoreSee Less

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Further to Ministers Halligans interview on local radio in Waterford today, HEFSE would like to offer some clarification on the issue of a mobile Cath Lab to be placed at UHW to address waiting lists____
- the reason HSE (directed by Dept of Health) is obstructing the process of making a lab available is that the additional throughput made possible by introduction of a second diagnostic cath lab will overturn the 'steered' findings of the Herity report by demonstrating patient numbers that need and want the regional service and by demonstrating the increased efficiency possible by use of a 2nd onsite lab at UHW
- The emergency waiting list is again close to the numbers of November 2016, (785) when Minister Harris directed patients be sent outside the region to reduce the longest cardiac waiting list in the country(of which he claimed to be totally unaware). The list continues to grow day by day!
- Senior Consultants only suggested the option of a mobile Cath Lab at UHW as an alternative budgetary and clinical solution when HSE directed hospital management send patients to private and public hospitals outside of the region at a significant cost premium and impact to patients as opposed to caring for patients on site in UHW
- At present up to 30% of appointments being offered in Cork are being refused by South East based patients who prefer to wait on the UHW list to be seen - this is because of hardship costs in travel, accommodation and care requirements for patients and families
- Although the Mobile Lab would only carry out diagnostic procedures, this activity would free the main Cath Lab to carry out additional invasive and interventional procedures using the existing rota of cardiac consultants thereby increasing efficiency without increasing consultant costs!
- The Dept wishes to divert budgets for expansion plans in Cork and Dublin and they can only do this by diverting patients! The mobile lab in conjunction with the existing service throughput at UHW will jeopardise these expansion plans by demonstrating the need for this activity in the South East thereby requiring requisite funding in support as opposed to the dept's pet projects in Dublin and Cork!
- The mobile Lab represents a threat to civil servants wedded to the policy of centralised health services regardless of cost or the impacts to patients - It is now time for the people of the South East to take back control of our regional health policy and our regional economy which will both be impacted by the loss of high level clinical services if the Department of Health officials gets their way! If this is making you angry you should be - Please contact your local TDs and councillors and demand they stand up for your rights to receive equality in this region as is offered to all other citizens in this country! Our future health and wealth are dependent on this issue now and if people reading this do not act to support then others not living in this region will decide what is good enough for the South East!
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Rathgar based FG TD, Kate O Connell (Dublin Bay South) is feeling bruised describing some senior members of the FG party as ‘choirboys singing for their supper’ - this a reference to the rush of TDs out to declare support for Leo V despite initially privately promising support for Simon C. She also advised rural Ireland TDs and councillors, (rural meaning anything more than 50 miles outside of Dublin City Centre) that their opinions are not being listened to or considered by the FG Ard Comhairle - Who Knew? Given that that the entire team of FG TDs in Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny have all rushed to support LEO we hope they are all singing from ‘the same hymn sheet’ when it comes to regional cardiac healthcare and equality of access to other key services! S.E.region presently means ‘south of everything’ when it comes to any decision on resource allocation! Remember lads, Leo may offer you a job but it is the PEOPLE who provide you with your seat and those of you so privileged had better start singing 'in tune' and make your voices heard! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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