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Cardiac Campaign Groups combine for “Have a  Heart” Day

Three cardiac campaign groups in the South East will combine to organise "Have a Heart Day" and are calling on the people of the Southeast Region to once again come out on Saturday the 10th February 2018 to show support for our regions call for 24/7 Cardiac Care. The event begins at 2.15pm, and

finishes 3.15pm to mirror the ‘Golden Hour.’

The three cardiac campaign groups in the South East - Health Equality for the South East (HEFSE), 24/7 Cardiac Cover for the South East and The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) are combining to send a Valentines message to Government on February 10th by organising a "Have a Heart Day" - begins at 2.15 p.m. This initiative is to highlight once again the ongoing medical injustice that continues to be perpetrated on the people of the South East. We are asking people to support the call on government to implement a second Cath Lab and 24/7 cardiac care at UHW forthwith for the people of the south east region.

We note the latest capital expenditure proposals to relocate Dublin maternity and paediatric hospital services is now estimated to cost over €1.6 billion - We in the South East region believe we have a right to an expenditure of just €3 million euro to double our regional cardiac service delivery and provide 24/7 cardiac care at UHW for every South East citizen.

We are assembling at 2.15 p.m. at the Williamstown Retail Complex and adjacent to WLR Radio Centre and will walk the short distance to UHW where there will be a brief announcement regarding ongoing and future action including taking our campaign to the streets of Dublin.

This is a people driven event and we are asking everyone possible to join in support and claim you and your family’s right to equal access in healthcare. We are calling on all community groups, hospital and healthcare workers, trades unions, voluntary ambulance, business groups, Agri food sector, SMEs and local rescue services to support this demonstration. As this is a non-politically aligned event we ask that that there be no political flags or banners etc. We are urging every single person in the southeast to come out and show your support for the regional cardiac centre and we would welcome all south east region elected representatives to join with the people on the day.

This will be a family friendly event and we are calling on families and children in the region to support and design a "Have a Heart" Valentines Card which will be collected at the event and sent to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

We are calling on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health to fulfil promises they made in the Dail in 2017 to South East citizens to immediately review the south east cardiac service on foot of the deployment of a mobile Cath lab which is soon to cease operating at UHW. We now understand that the resulting data and the growing emergency waiting list demonstrates a clear and unambiguous clinical need to immediately implement a second Cath Lab and 24/7 cardiac care at UHW without further delay.

This event offers every person in the South East region the opportunity to defend your right to regional cardiac care, to be treated equally in healthcare and to allow your voice be heard. Your participation will demonstrate to Government that we in the South East region will no longer tolerate this ongoing dangerous and discriminatory regional health service deficit.

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