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Urgent action required to deal with crisis at Louth County Hospital – Morgan

4 October, 2007


Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has asked Health Minister Mary Harney to explain why a CT scanner at Louth County remains shut down while patients have to be ferried to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda at great inconvenience, suffering and cost.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Deputy Morgan said, "The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney must explain to this house why she is allowing a new CT scanner at Louth County Hospital, Dundalk, Co. Louth to remain shut down while patients are ferried to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth at great inconvenience, suffering and cost to both patients and the tax payer. The Minister must also outline when staffing will be provided to operate the scanner.

"There is an urgent need for action to deal with the crisis at Louth County Hospital. Acute medical services are to be transferred out of the hospital next year while two modular theatres also lie idle and the kitchens still await upgrading." ENDS

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