The Save  Navan Hospital group increase the pressure on health minister Stephen Donnelly recently by holding a peaceful protest outside his constituency office in Bray.
They took the direct course of action after Donnelly reneged on his promise to meet local TD’s on the issue cancelling and then failing to reschedule a proposed meeting.
SNH chairperson and Meath West TD Peadar Toibín told Meath Live, “Isn’t it incredible that the Minister for Health and the HSE had started to implement plans to close the A&E and the ICU in Navan Hospital 12 weeks ago. In the middle of a Covid crisis when A&E and ICU beds are at a premium the HSE and the Minister for Health started the process to close these critical life-saving resources in Meath”.
“It’s also shocking that we have heard nothing from Minister Helene McEntee, Minister Damien English, and Minster Thomas Byrne other than “we have to listen to senior medics”.
“This despite most senior medics I have spoken to in the hospitals surrounding Navan which would bear the brunt of extra patients saying that it would be a disastrous threat to health to close our A&E. I can’t think of another county where the senior ministers would be so passive and so docile given the threat to the most important piece of health infrastructure in their area”.
“We held a protest outside the Bray office of the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Saturday. The purpose of this protest was to remind the Minister that he had promised to meet Meath TDs to discuss the future of our A&E and ICU.
“The Minister cancelled that meeting and failed to reschedule. We are not as a campaign going to stand idly by. We demand a commitment from the government to our hospital and the necessary investment in resources to make it one of the best in the country. We will in the New Year protest outside the headquarters of the HSE Ireland East Hospital Group until we get that commitment”.