Surgery and ED Services facing total collapse at Navan Hospital – Tóibín
Cathaoirleach of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Peadar Tóibín TD has received information that Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, Co Meath is facing significant threat to Surgery Services and to the 24 hour Emergency Department.
An Teachta Tóibín said:
“Senior management from the Irish East Group have directed clinicians at Navan Hospital to reduce NHCD cover at the hospital by 50% thus leaving only a Registrar or SHO alone on call in future on site. This direction has been issued without the agreement or consent of the senior clinician in the area. There are serious concerns with regard to patient safety within the hospital and among GPs in the area.
“The existence of the current NCHD cover is vital for safety at the Emergency Department for ‘walk ins’. It is also necessary to have this support for safe patient transfers and to arrange surgical consultations for medical inpatients. This latest action is another attempt to downgrade Navan and effectively close its Emergency Department.
“The objective to close our ED and downgrade our hospital is detailed in the Small Hospital Framework Document. It is HSE policy and it is Fine Gael policy. Indeed Navan is the last Emergency Department standing of 9 hospitals from a HIQA hit list published a few years ago.
“This is in part due to the dysfunction of Emergency Departments in our region over the last few years. 9,000 people waited on trollies last year between Navan and Drogheda hospitals.
“It is also due to the dedication and energy of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign. Since 2010 we have taken 40,000 people onto the streets in 4 separate marches. Meath has a population approaching 200,000. Any reduction of services in our hospital will lead to threats to the health of people in our county. We as a campaign will not tolerate this. We are again forced to mobilise people power in the county to safeguard access to safe health services.”