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Minister for Health must clarify if OLOLH will be used as trauma unit – Adams

24 November, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to clarify whether OLOLH Drogheda will be used as a trauma unit as part of government proposals to centralise trauma care.

Teachta Adams stated:

“The various media reports issued following Minister Harris announcement that the government are proposing to centralise trauma care are a cause for concern. This announcement comes at a time where acute hospitals are at crisis point, and the government have no real meaningful plans to address this.

 “It’s unacceptable that frontline staff and people reliant on hospital services have been left in the dark as to what services may close or be moved. Hospitals in my own constituency like OLOLH Drogheda and the Louth in Dundalk are already carrying the can for bad political decisions.

“Is it really wise to plough ahead with a plan like this without fully assessing capacity or potential impact?

“I have called on The Minister for Health to clarify whether OLOLH is set to be further impacted by these plans. I have also called on him to publish the government report in full and to bring these plans before the Dáil.”

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