Candidate Calls For Recruitment Of Consultant Cardiologist At UHK

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Labour candidate Ben Slimm.

A LABOUR candidate in the Tralee Electoral Area has called for the immediate advertising of the vacant consultant cardiologist role at University Hospital Kerry.

Ben Slimm, a Tralee local election candidate has called for a recruitment process to fill the role at UHK, which has been vacant for over a year.

The hospital is currently operating with a part-time locum cardiologist, however with heart disease being one of the biggest killers, Mr Slimm has stated that the recruitment process must begin immediately.

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“The fact that yet again the people of Tralee and Kerry are not being served with basic hospital services such as access to a permanent consultant cardiologist is unbelievable. With an aging population and heart disease currently the cause of one-third of all deaths and one in five premature deaths it  remains the most common cause of death in Ireland.

Local councillors have a large role to play in holding hospital management to account for the people they represent. I am sad to see a situation where UHK has not been held to account. Patients in Tralee are entitled to proper care, and a continuity in that care, which can only be managed effectively with a permanent full time consultant cardiologist. I do sincerely call on the management to resolve this issue with urgency.”


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