Déjà Vu at Navan A&E – Tóibín
Speaking after the second official reopening of Navan A&E, Chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign and local TD Peadar Tóibín stated:
“Today, Leo Varadkar reopened the A&E in Navan 10 months after it was initially officially opened. The new A&E which is a positive development comes on the back of the work of hundreds of hardworking Save Navan Hospital Campaigners. It is a credit to their civic activism.
“Minister Varadkar has stated that he expects the A&E to remain open for the foreseeable future. I hope Minister Varadkar has good foresight as it has been the stated policy of the HSE and the Department of Health to reduce the A&E to a 12 hour service. Given the disaster that is Drogheda A&E, it would be more than reckless for the Minister to consider closure.
“It’s notable that Minister Varadkar also refused to commit to the building of a new regional hospital in Meath despite the fact the assurances of his colleagues Damien English, Ray Butler, and Regina Doherty in February 2011 that it would be built in the life time of this Dáil.
“The 24 Hour Psychiatric Until at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan is set to be closed by the HSE in the first quarter of next year. This will be a serious blow to the people of Meath most especially those in Oldcastle, Kells, Athboy and Trim where access to the new unit in Drogheda will be more difficult.
“There are also major difficulties with regards the breakdown of the North East Doctor on Call Service, regularly late ambulance arrival times, waiting lists and clinically discharged patients who have nowhere to go.
“On his arrival to our Hospital, I presented the Minister with a detailed letter outlining the concerns of the people of Meath. It is imperative for their wellbeing that the details are acted upon.”