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Sinn Féin pledges full support for local hospitals in North East region

3 May, 2007


Sinn Féin has pledged its full commitment to the future of all five local hospitals across Counties Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan. At a press conference in Drogheda focussing on healthcare needs in the four counties which make up the HSE North East region, Dáil candidates Caoimhghín Ó Caolain TD (Cavan/Monaghan), Arthur Morgan TD (Louth) and Joe Reilly TD (Meath West) described Health as "the number one issue in this General Election".

At the Drogheda press conference, chaired by Cllr. Imelda Munster, Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin stated:

"Sinn Féin affirms our party's full commitment to the future of all five local hospitals across the region - Cavan General Hospital, Monaghan General Hospital, the Louth County Hospital at Dundalk, Our Lady's Hospital, Navan and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

"Whatever location is finally chosen for the proposed regional hospital for the North East, Sinn Féin will remain totally committed to the restoration, retention and development of all essential services at each of our existing five acute hospital sites. Any diminution of services at any of those sites would represent a serious deterioration of service delivery throughout the region."

Cllr. Joe Reilly outlined the position at position at Navan with a particular focus on its role in the overall configuration of orthopaedic services within the region.

Deputy Arthur Morgan spoke of the relationship between the Louth Hospital in Dundalk and Our Lady of Lourdes and the critical importance of the retention of all essential services for these two major population centres, Drogheda being the largest town in the 26 Counties. "Any further denuding of services at Dundalk or loss of services at Drogheda will be stoutly resisted, a position that all political and elected opinion should support," stated Deputy Morgan.

Describing health as "the number one issue in the General Election", Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"We are determined to campaign successfully on this issue and whether in opposition or in Government to lead the demand for healthcare justice for all of our people and a healthcare system that is equitable and efficient and treats all equally on the basis of need alone. We want to ensure the delivery of such a service." ENDS

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