Farmer and father-to-be Thomas Power died in an ambulance near Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, as it was travelling to Cork two weeks ago.

At the time of this death, the catheterisation lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW) was closed for the weekend. It’s open for cardiac tests and procedures Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Thomas had suffered a heart attack.

Further to this, friends and family members – including Thomas’s sister Catherine Power, above – gathered outside the Dáil this afternoon calling for 24/7 cardiac services in the area.

Protest over cardiac services in southeast (RTE)

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11 thoughts on “All Heart

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Dear South East Culchies/Boggers etc

    If you have to have life threatening illnesses (physical or mental), can you at least have them during office hours, otherwise fupp off and die somewhere else.

    Thanks very much.

    The HSE

  2. Junkface

    The Hospital Cardiac Lab was closed for the weekend. Its like Craggy Island or something. Jesus wept.

  3. bisted

    …what happens to these single-issue politicos when they get into bed with the blueshirts or the FFers…mind you…I don’t think a tragedy like this would have happened on the way from Stepaside…

    1. Brother Barnabas

      First time anyone has ever cited Stepaside as the epitome of privilege (I’d say)

      1. bisted

        …oh I’m sure I’m not the first to cite Stepaside as the epicentre of that privilege that can be elicited by a purveyor of pork barrel politics when he single-handedly wields the balance of power thanks to the unquestioning support from buffoons like Haligan who quickly forget why they were elected in the first place…

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Conspiracy? A man died because a vital cardiac unit only works office hours. Explainwhere the conspiracy is?

  4. Owen

    When will we ever learn in this dump of a country. The HSE needs a long term development and investment strategy. And we need to use overseas consultants to develop that strategy, after extensive research of the entire system.

    Irish solutions to Irish problems is getting exhausting, and this will have the same result. The government will offer a band-aide to this open wound to try appease the people, but no long-term solution.

    1. Cian

      Agree with getting overseas consultants to develop a HSE strategy. Only problem is the people & the TDs they elect. It would cost millions and then just sit on a shelf.

      We have too many small hospitals running itty-bitty services wasting money that could go into centralised services. And we have non-stop demands for all hospitals to be providing all services.

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