HSE Reversal on Regional Orthopaedic Unit in Navan Victory for Patients
Cllr. Joe Reilly has described the u-turn by HSE management to reopen the Regional Orthopaedic Unit in Our Lady’s Hospital Navan and to proceed with thirty operations as a small victory for those who challenged the HSE decision and a welcome victory for the chosen thirty patients and their families.
Cllr. Reilly said:
“While I welcome the decision of the HSE to respond to public pressure and re-open the Regional Orthopaedic Unit in Our Lady’s Hospital Navan in the first week in December I absolutely reject the strategy of the HSE management in closing the unit for the remainder of Dec 2007".
"This latest HSE decision doesn’t make sense either on medical or financial grounds. 430 people in Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan remain on a waiting list and it is outrageous that a regional unit such as the one in Navan would close at any time of the year. It is also clear that the reasons advanced by the HSE for closing the unit on financial grounds were spurious and false”
“Sinn Fein has planned a Vigil outside the gates of Our Lady’s Hospital for this coming Sat at 1pm. This Vigil will go ahead as planned unless the HSE again change their minds and extend the opening of unit for the month of Dec. We will be highlighting the closure of the unit by a “Bed Push” from Navan Shopping Centre at 12.30pm and we ask everyone who has one hour to spare to come to the gates of the hospital and say again to the HSE that we demand the full re-opening of the Regional Orthopaedic Unit in Our Lady’s.” CRÍOCH