Fine Gael TD: 'Until politics is removed from HSE, resources will go to the wrong places'

This is in response to the Waterford hospital issue

Fine Gael TD: 'Until politics is removed from HSE, resources will go to the wrong places'

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A Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has said that it is time to take politics out of our health sector.

It comes as Junior Minister John Halligan warned he would "bring all hell down" on top of government if his demand for extra resources at his local hospital was not met.

The Independent has threatened to quit over a report which found there was no need for a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford.

The programme for government committed to developing a second lab "subject to a favourable recommendation from an independent clinical review".

The assessment was demanded by the Waterford TD, who had expected it to support the provision of increased services at the hospital.

But analysis undertaken by Belfast-based Dr Niall Herity indicated that the needs of the catchment area could be accommodated in a single cath lab.

Ms O’Connell told Newstalk that Mr Halligan now needs to get on with his job:

Earlier this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny urged John Halligan and all his ministers to "apply themselves to their jobs".

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

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