Navan Hospital 24 Hour A&E service to cease in August
The HSE has proposed to part close A&E services at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan from next August. Cathaoirleach of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Peadar Tóibín TD said this would be a devastating blow to health services in the county and that the Hospital Campaign would fight it tooth and nail.
Deputy Tóibín said;
“Up until this point Minister James Reilly, the HSE and medical professionals in the county stated that under no circumstances could the A&E be closed even in part due to serve over crowding with over 30 people continuously waiting on trollies in Drogheda. The North East Transformation Programme under which the transfer of the A&E was supposed to happen determined that the transfer of A&E services would happen when a new regional hospital was built. That has not happened and as a result the Save Navan Hospital Campaign is vigorously opposed to the reduction of services.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the about face decision to close overnight A&E has been determined by the Minister’s recent pronouncement that he would not tolerate budget over runs. The health of patients was not the determining factor here. It’s important to remember that the north east region has experienced significantly higher population growth than the rest of the state and it has currently below average per capita health spend.
“This part closure will be damaging to emergency services but it would also have a negative effect on other aspects of the hospital such as medical services, ambulance service and GP services amongst others. It will also increase the speed of complete closure. Our campaign took 10,000 people on to the streets in October 2010 and we will do so again if necessary. I am calling on the people of Meath to exert as much pressure on the elected government reps as possible over the coming days.”