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Chair of Hospital Campaign calls on North East Clinical Director and Regional Director to resign

16 August, 2011


The chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Peadar Tóibín TD has called on the Clinical Director for the Health Service Executive in Louth/Meath and the Regional Director of Operations to resign.

According to Deputy Tóibín, “In September last year the HSE stated that due to an alleged cluster of below par surgical outcomes they had no choice but to close down general and keyhole surgery and carry out an external review. In the last few weeks the Peyton report vindicated the surgical team at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan by stating that there was no evidence of any wrong doing in the first place and that an internal review and not a fully blown external review of the outcomes would have been sufficient.

“The fallout from the HSE mismanagement of the situation is that a number of surgeons have had their professional reputations unfairly tarnished. They have placed a cloud over the perceived quality of Our Lady’s Hospital and the people of Meath have been robbed of their surgery services for nearly a year for no good reason.

“Unbelievably, despite the report having being published and the fact that we are fast approaching the anniversary of the disastrous decision we still have not had these services returned. In the interim hundreds of patients have been scattered to other hospitals to wait on trollies.

“Given the damage that has been done to our hospital I am calling of the Minister to resist any further cuts to our hospital, reinstate surgery services immediately and hold to account the individuals who badly mismanaged the provision of surgical services in the region last September. The people of Meath no longer have confidence in their ability to deliver safe and efficient health care.” ENDS

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