Susan Mitchell: Health planning is no place to play politics

The promise of a specialised cardiac lab for a regional hospital was the product of political necessity, not medical need

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
11th September, 2016
Waterford Hospital needs resources Pic: RollingNews.ie

Soon after the government was formed, a local paper in the southeast reported that Independent TD John Halligan had delivered on cardiac care for his constituency.

Halligan, Waterford Today reported, had signed off on a “groundbreaking deal” that would ensure the extension of cardiac services and the provision of a second cath lab for Waterford Hospital.

It was the only reason he had entered government. So he said.

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