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    What is minister Harris really up to re the Waterford spat with minister Halligan?

    Direct clash here of expectations and promises.

    Waterford TD argues the catchment area is 500,000 requiring second laboratory in Waterford.
    Some doctors at the front support this view.
    Halligan claims the govt , of which Harris is now part, made promises to this effect during the negotiations on the coalition.

    IINM TD and minister Harris claims the catchment area is only 200,000 and there is no need for this new laboratory.
    Some professor has written a report supporting Harris.

    There is a direct conflict of evidence here and the people of Waterford are at boiling point.

    It is clearly political because the northern area of the 500,000 catchment area eats into Harris,s political territory and one wonders exactly what is going on when Harris states that clinicians must make decisions on health.

    What clinicians is he talking about because all the clinicians in Wateford are screaming for this second laboratory yet Harris refuses to budge?

    What do other posts think.?

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    What's the issue ? Halligan got an agreement that there would be an independent review. He got it and they don't support his view so he threatens to throw the toys out of the pram.

    He has been sold a pup by people who believe that they need a second lab in Waterford which now won't happen. The notion of the cachement area being 500,000 is a load of rubbish. Parts of what they are including would be near enough to Dublin.

    The issues at Waterford hospital are more complex than a second lab but it has been easier for politicians to pop on the populist band wagon over the issue of a second lab.

    If Halligan hadn't been mouthing off lately saying that he was only staying for the last few weeks so he would deliver the second lab he could be a stronger position.

    A package of increased staff and extra hours at the current lab plus extra funding for the hospital in general is a good package but the question is whether Halligan will accept it or not.

    Why'll his intentions may be good. He has been played by doctors and co who want everything in Waterford.

    Nice lad but doesn't seem to have made the move from County Councillor to being a member of Government.
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    halligan is a tiresome populist windbag of the highest order , the only reason i suspect he isnt in SF ( his politics are identical ) is they are far too smart to allow a clown like halligan near them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brera View Post
    What's the issue ? Halligan got an agreement that there would be an independent review. He got it and they don't support his view so he threatens to throw the toys out of the pram.

    He has been sold a pup by people who believe that they need a second lab in Waterford which now won't happen. The notion of the cachement area being 500,000 is a load of rubbish. Parts of what they are including would be near enough to Dublin.

    The issues at Waterford hospital are more complex than a second lab but it has been easier for politicians to pop on the populist band wagon over the issue of a second lab.

    If Halligan hadn't been mouthing off lately saying that he was only staying for the last few weeks so he would deliver the second lab he could be a stronger position.

    A package of increased staff and extra hours at the current lab plus extra funding for the hospital in general is a good package but the question is whether Halligan will accept it or not.

    Why'll his intentions may be good. He has been played by doctors and co who want everything in Waterford.

    Nice lad but doesn't seem to have made the move from County Councillor to being a member of Government.
    The HSE say the catchment area is in excess of 400,000. If Prof. Herrity was given a figure of 200,000, Harris is in big trouble.

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    young pup v old pup.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    The HSE say the catchment area is in excess of 400,000. If Prof. Herrity was given a figure of 200,000, Harris is in big trouble.

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    was given a figure ?

    He wasnt able to check himself ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irish_bob View Post
    halligan is a tiresome populist windbag of the highest order , the only reason i suspect he isnt in SF ( his politics are identical ) is they are far too smart to allow a clown like halligan near them
    Thankfully there are no windbag clowns in any of the mainstream parties....phew what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlovian View Post
    was given a figure ?

    He wasnt able to check himself ?
    I would imagine that if any external consultant was asked to base his study on a certain figure, he would accept that figure.
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    What area does this hospital cover?

    here's the populations of several counties in the region:

    Waterford - 114,000
    Carlow - 59,000
    Wexford - 145,500
    Kilkenny - 100,000

    That's under 420,000 people in total, but it doesn't include any part of Tipperary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasayev View Post
    What area does this hospital cover?

    here's the populations of several counties in the region:

    Waterford - 114,000
    Carlow - 59,000
    Wexford - 145,500
    Kilkenny - 100,000

    That's under 420,000 people in total, but it doesn't include any part of Tipperary.
    That's more in line with what is on the HSE webite than the 200,000 figure being quoted:

    "What do we do?
    The Department of Radiology at University Hospital Waterford provides a General Diagnostic Imaging Service for the Waterford catchment area and a specialised regional Radiology service for the South Eastern population of over 400,000. The speciality services include Regional Trauma, MRI, Mammography, Radio Isotope Imaging, Ultrasound, CT Cardiac Catheterisation and Interventional Radiology. The Department of Radiology has succeeded in delivering a highly efficient and effective service both within the hospital and for primary and community services. The radiology department staff complement includes Consultant Radiologists, Radiology Registrars, Radiography Services Managers, Clinical Specialist Radiographers, Senior Radiographers, Basic Grade Radiographers, Nurses, Darkroom Technician and Care Attendants."
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