The chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign, Aontú TD, Peadar Tóibín, has called for an investigation into who within the HSE is behind what he calls the “dangerous” decision to close the A&E in Navan
Deputy Tóibín stated; “Because of Covid there were 11 adult public ICU beds left available in the whole Health System yesterday and yet someone in the HSE is looking to close the ICU and emergency beds in Meath. This is scandalous”.
“NEDOC, the North East’s Doctor on Call grouping, has stated that their service is already beyond capacity in terms of demand and yet the HSE seeks to radically add to the record levels of patients that are using that service.
“Staff in Connolly Hospital came out in protest last week due to the pressure that hospital is under and patients are telling me of 11 hour waits in Drogheda A&E. 1 million people are on hospital waiting lists many for years and the HSE is implementing an out of date plan that is 11 years old”.
“I have invited each political party to nominate their senior Health spokesperson to speak at the Mass Rally that will be held on the 30th of October. I will be asking them 3 very simple questions on the day.
“Will they commit their party to
overturn the HSE decision to close our A&E/ICU. Will they add the necessary resources to our A&E to ensure that it functions at 100% standard and will they delete for good the policy to close our A&E in all government and HSE policy documents”.
“I have also engaged with each Councillor in the county seeking that they state clearly if they support these objectives. The names of those who support these objectives, those who don’t and those who do not reply will be made public. This issue is far too important for elected reps to be speaking from both sides of their mouth”.
“The Save Navan hospital Campaign has received support from organisations such as the Irish Soccer Referee Society, Meath branch, Meath and District League, OMP, Parkvilla, Simonstown GFC, Navan Cougars, Navan Taekwondo, Navan Active Retirement, Trim Men’s Shed, Johnstown Soccer Club, Meath River Rescue, for their protest march on October 30th.
“Navan Silver Band will play on the day, SIPTU, Summerhill Meath on Wheels, Sinn Fein Aontú, Labour and the Greens and Dunderry Fair amongst many others have said they will attend. Momentum is building. We have delivered 20,000 leaflets and erected hundreds of posters. We will stop the crazy decision of the HSE but we will only do it if the people of Meath stand up together. “