Threats to Navan Hospital must be lifted
Navan Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly has called on the HSE to immediately clarify the situation with regard to the surgical unit at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan. This follows representations from medical staff who are concerned that the surgical unit is about to close.
Councillor Reilly said, "I am calling on the HSE and the Health Minister Mary Harney to immediately clarify the situation with regard to the surgical unit at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan. This follows representations from medical staff who are concerned that the surgical unit is about to close. This would have serious repercussions for the hospital and would also have a direct impact on the orthopaedic unit, the A&E and the ICU.
"For the last number of years we have seen the slow downgrading of Our Lady's hospital in Navan. There are now only 196 beds in the hospital, for a population of 162,000 people. Seven interns have been removed from the hospital in the last two years and the HSE is planning to remove five more. There are growing concerns due to threats that HSE North East is to cut spending in the region by nearly €10 million. And last week the HSE recommended the further loss of services at Monaghan, Cavan, Navan and Dundalk hospitals.
"We believe that the HSE is making a major mistake. We know we cannot have all services at all sites but we believe firmly that our existing hospital network should be retained with essential services provided at all five and with specialist services available on an apportioned basis, as appropriate. We will fight hospital cuts tooth and nail." ENDS
Councillor Reilly's colleague, Arthur Morgan TD, will be raising the issue at a meeting with HSE Chief Executive Brendan Drumm tomorrow morning in Dublin.