Taoiseach urges John Halligan to apply himself to his job

A second review may be carried out at University Hospital Waterford

Taoiseach urges John Halligan to apply himself to his job

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin | Image: Rollingnews.ie

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged John Halligan and all his ministers to 'apply themselves to their jobs'.

The Waterford TD has stopped short of quitting as a junior minister, after a clinical review said a second cath lab for the local hospital was not justified.

A second review may now be carried out after Minister Halligan claimed this one was flawed and subjected to interference from other hospitals.

The Irish Examiner reports Fine Gael has given into requests for another review, after Minister Halligan accused other hospitals of directly interfering with its work.

According to the newspaper, the second inquiry leaves the door open for a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford.

In Dublin this morning, Mr Kenny was asked if he had a message for Minister Halligan.

But Minister Halligan is not the only person to have criticised the clinical review.

Dr Patrick Owens, a consultant at UHW, claims the review underestimated their need for services.