Tóibín cautiously welcomes Government commitment on Navan A&E
Deputy Peadar Tóibín of the chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign has given a cautious welcome to the government’s commitment to retain A&E services at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. Deputy Tóibín led a delegation of the Hospital Campaign in a meeting with Minister James Reilly and senior HSE management.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“The Minister committed to the continuation of the A&E in recognition of the hospital as a level three hospital for at least six months and possibly up to a year. He also committed to returning some of the surgery services that were cut from the hospital last September.
“However the minister said that the laboratory at the hospital as it is currently constituted will close. Senior HSE management stated that it is their aim to build extra capacity in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and Cappagh Hospital. When this capacity is put in place it would be their aim to close services elsewhere in the region including Navan.
“The Save Navan Hospital Campaign has yet to be convinced that the extra capacity that will be provided elsewhere in the system would be sufficient to deal safely with patients from Meath. As a result we will continue to campaign robustly for the maintenance of services in Navan.”
Deputy Tóibín also requested that the HSE would “develop a structure that would improve the flow of communication between the HSE and the community group in order to prevent the system of management by rumour and leak which currently prevails. To clear this up the HSE agreed to meet with the Hospital Campaign in mid-September.
“I am convinced that the pressure to ‘rationalise’ hospital services in Meath was based on money concerns and not patient safety. As a campaign we will do everything in our power to ensure that patient safety is central to any future decision.” ENDS