Updated: 26/04/18 : 06:56:49
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Sligo Cath Lab progress raised in Dáil

Sligo/Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin questioned the Health Minister Simon Harris yesterday, Wednesday, in Dáil Éireann regarding the progress of a Cath Lab for Sligo University Hospital (SUH) currently under Government review.

The Sligo based Deputy informed the minister that the Saolta Hospital Group who control SUH have a service plan submitted to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for approval adding, "In the north west we are being denied this vital public service which is urgently needed."

Mr McLoughlin also questioned Minister Harris on a mental health unit which is to be provided at SUH.

The minister said he was delighted that the Government was able to deliver on a commitment to extend SUH under the Capital Plan and Project 2040.

"I look forward to visiting the hospital shortly in relation to that. The Cardiac Review has commenced with Professor Philip Nolan, the president of NUI Maynooth chairing it.

"The review also has a number of patients' representatives picked by the Irish Heart Foundation. A public consultation process will open in June where people from the north west constituency can have their say."

In his answer the minister made no reference to the proposed mental health unit at SUH.


Meanwhile, Thomas Walsh, Fine Gael Local Area Representative says, "The review will take between 12-18 months which is most concerning."

An email he received from the minister's office confirmed the time needed to complete the review and further stated, "In regard to your concerns on the issue of access to a Cath Lab for the specific areas you mention in your e-mail, one of the aims of the Review is to set out the optimal service configuration of a national adult specialist cardiac service based on the clinical needs of the population. 

Any proposals arising from the Review will therefore place particular emphasis on the safety and quality of the services and ensure that they are in line with international best practice and standards.

The names of the Steering Group members, along with the Terms of Reference, can be found on the webpage dedicated to the Review -

This webpage will also include summaries of Steering Group meetings and progress updates throughout the lifecycle of the Review.