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A&E and Surgical services under threat at Our Lady's Hospital Navan - Reilly

31 May, 2007


Meath Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly has said there must be no cut in A&E and surgical services at Our Lady's Hospital Navan after a draft report for the HSE called for the services to be curtailed. Councillor Reilly said rather than cut services at the hospital the HSE must make financial resources available to provide necessary infrastructure and ensure the A&E and surgical units remain open and at maximum capacity.

Councillor Reilly said, "A draft report for the HSE by British based Capita Advisory Services has recommended major cuts in A&E and surgery services at Our Lady's Hospital Navan due to a lack of infrastructure. However, rather than cut vital services at the hospital the HSE must make adequate financial resources available to provide the necessary infrastructure and ensure existing services remain at Navan running at maximum capacity.

"This report is an indictment of the HSE and their failure to invest in the A&E and in Navan Hospital. I have highlighted the inaduquecies in the A&E in Navan for the last number of years yet the HSE has deliberately underfunded and undermined the A&E and the Hospital itself.

"For the last number of years Our Lady's Hospital Navan has slowly been downgraded with a sever lack of hospital beds, cuts in the number of interns and further cuts in HSE spending in the region. Cuts in the A&E unit and the surgical unit would have serious repercussions for the hospital and would also have a direct impact on the orthopaedic unit and the ICU.

"This report comes on the back of the Teamwork Report which, as I recently revealed, plans to significantly cut health services in Navan as part of 'major opportunities for savings, efficiencies and staff redeployment.' That report highlighted the folly of the approach from the HSE and the outgoing Government. It is high time improved services and patient safety took precedence over savings and staff cuts.

"The two newly elected Fianna Fáil TDs, Noel Dempsey and Johnny Brady have gone on the record saying they fully support Our Lady's Hospital Navan. However both TDs support the Teamwork report which undermines the future of the hospital. They got elected on a promise so support the hospital. They now have to ensure that Government policy changes resulting in investment in the A&E at Our Lady's Hospital Navan and in the hospital itself." ENDS

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