Fianna Fáil Senator, Paschal Mooney, says hundreds of lives across Sligo and Leitrim are being put at risk because of the Government’s refusal to commit to a CATH lab at Sligo General Hospital.
The facility, which would cater for cardiological diagnosis and treatment, was given the green light by the previous Government, but has stalled under the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.
Senator Mooney commented, “This unit has the potential to save hundreds of lives in the North West every year, but after taking up office the current Government has put the project on hold while patients are sent to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for treatment. This decision forces patients to travel long distances for procedures, which should be available closer to home, especially when the population base is there to warrant it.
“A CATH lab at Sligo General Hospital has the potential to roll out essential services to more than 300,000 people across Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Donegal. The unit would also make significant savings for the State, with estimatesit has the potential to save €3.6m over a 10 year period.”