Navan Hospital group to meet Reilly ahead of November 17th rally
The Chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín is to meet with Minister James Reilly this week where he will seek the reversal of recent cuts to the hospital along with a guarantee that the A&E will remain fully functional until the new regional hospital is built.
Deputy Tóibín said the ‘Small Hospitals’ report is expected to target Navan Hospital for service reduction.
Speaking today ahead of the meeting Deputy Tóibín said;
“Our hospital is entering a critical phase. A ward has been closed down and staff have been let go in the last few months, remaining wards are experiencing overcrowding and seriously ill people are being forced to wait on trollies overnight next to the closed ward.
“Emergency personnel such as cardiac technicians who carry out stress tests on patients with serious heart problems and speech therapists who intervene during swallowing emergencies are not being replaced. Further serious cuts are expected to occur on 1st of December which will make it next to impossible to deliver existing services.
“The new ‘Small Hospitals’ report, which will recommend the ending of 24 hour accident and emergency in a number of hospitals throughout the state, is expected to target Navan for service reduction also.
“Meanwhile Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, buckling under the pressure of the second worst trolley count in the state, is not a fit alternative.
“The Save Navan Hospital Campaign has been seeking a meeting with the minister since August and got word on Thursday that the Minister has agreed to a meeting this week. The campaign has selected Dr Ruairí Hanley and I to meet with the Minister.
“We will meet with the minister in an effort to reverse the damaging cuts to the hospital over the last few months and to seek a guarantee that the A&E will remain fully functional until the promised new regional hospital is built.
“It is felt amongst some in the hospital campaign that this meeting has been offered to us at the last minute to disrupt the organisation of the Monster Rally in support of our hospital on November 17th. We will however do our best to engage positively with the minister to reverse these cuts.
“If the Minister refuses to reverse the cuts and guarantee our A&E we will immediately continue the mobilisation of thousands of people for the November the 17th rally.”