Report on heart attack mortality rates questioned because of lack of cardiologists in local hospitals

The findings of the report on heart attack mortality rates are being questioned because some local hospitals don’t have a cardiologist.

Dr John Barton, a retired cardiologist said there are concerns over data inconsistencies and the conclusions found. He said such reports are doing more harm by being released publically and should instead be investigated internally to improve cardiac services.

Cavan General Hospital has below average mortality rates for heart attacks and strokes, with Our Lady’s Hospital Navan having the lowest.

Speaking to Northern Sound, Dr John Barton said the rankings make no sense.