There is both shock and dismay locally as the Cath Lab- a coronary service at Sligo University Hospital is to close from the end of this month.

Independent Sligo Leitrim deputy Marian Harkin says she is personally shocked that this information was made public less than two weeks before the essential service is to be withdrawn.

She has described the two day a week Cath Lab service in place at the hospital to date as “inadequate”, but says to withdraw it completely is simply “unacceptable”.

The deputy has written to both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the current emergency and will raise the matter with the Taoiseach when Dail returns tomorrow.

Cardiac patients in the North West, the deputy claims, have been disregarded and the Government has turned its back on them. 

A National Review of Cardiac Services is underway, and deputy Harkin says she understands that the North West region has been largely ignored so far in this document. 

Speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley deputy Harkin insisted that there must be an immediate reversal of this decision...



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