The Minister for Health has confirmed that he has instructed the Secretary-General of the Department of Health and the HSE to pause the planned reconfiguration of services at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.

A spokesperson for Stephen Donnelly says the Minister believes “it is not acceptable for any changes to happen in the manner that was reported.”

In recent weeks there have been severe concerns about the future of the hospital’s emergency department.  The issue has been subsequently being raised in the Dail by Aontu leader Peadar Toibin, and by local State Minister Damian English, however, opposition groups were calling for clarity from the Minister.

Meath Live was also informed by a source in Navan Hospital that a ‘pause order’  was being put in place over the weekend. There is still no definitive answers coming from the Minister for Health as to what the future holds for Navan A&E and the long-term plans.

Today, a spokesperson says the Minister is clear that what is needed, for any changes to be made, is a comprehensive consultation with local elected representatives and clinicians at the hospital, including details of all proposed investment in healthcare services in the region.

As of now the protest march and demonstration continues on Saturday, 30th October’21.

We will keep up to date.