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Futher Cuts at Our Lady's Hospital to Reduce Services - Cllr Tóibín

4 October, 2010

In a meeting between union officials and HSE Administrators today it became apparent that the HSE is further cutting services at Our Lady's Hospital Navan. 13 surgical beds at the hospital are being closed from tomorrow morning while the whole of St Pius' Ward is being closed. According to the Chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign and Deputy Mayor of Navan Cllr Peadar Tóibín, this is another example of the HSE's policy of 'death by a thousands cuts. The capacity of the hospital is being further reduced with this cut and the ability of staff to provide a decent  Medical care will be further eroded'. 

He said:
"These two ward closures are a significant blow to patients of the hospital, its blow to staff and its a major blow to the people of Meath in general.  The HSE has said that there will be redeployments of staff and that there may be redundancies. It makes a mockery of Fianna Fáil's so called commitment to providing proper healthcare in Meath. It underlines Minister Dempsey's ineptitude with regards representing the people of Meath and it shows the Croke Park Agreement to be a joke.    
"This latest attack on our hospital will not stop the growth of out campaign. These cuts only serve to galvanise the Save Navan Hospital Campaign in our efforts to maintain properly funded  and patient centred Healthcare in Meath.  To do this we are organising a major rally in the town of Navan which will bring over 5,000 people on to the streets on the 30th of October. Minister Dempsey and Deputy Johnny Brady need to listen to and act in the interest of the people of Meath. If they don't stop the hatched job on the hospital they need to go." ENDS

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