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Save Navan Hospital Campaign to meet with Minister Reilly

12 July, 2011


A delegation of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign has secured a meeting with the Minister for Health James Reilly tomorrow, Wednesday. It will come immediately after a meeting between the minister and senior medical staff from Meath.

According to the Chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Deputy Peadar Tóibín, the aim of the meeting from the campaign's perspective is to ensure that all existing services are fully maintained, including A&E, and that basic and intermediate level surgery is returned.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Our hospital has suffered a multitude of cuts over the years and if this trend continues we will have nothing more than a cottage hospital in the county. We were given a solemn promise before the election that elective surgery would be returned and that other services would be defended. We were also promised that a new regional hospital would be built in Meath within five years.

“Throughout the state there is enormous pressure coming from the HSE to close services. We have seen this in Mallow and Roscommon. We are determined that it will not happen in Meath. Its clear from the Denis Naughton affair that assurances given prior to the election are not water tight so we will be going to the Minister looking for proof and cast iron guarantees that our hospital is safe.”

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