In many ways, they have been overlooked in the row over the HSE proposal to close Navan’s A&E unit but now workers in Our Lady’s hospital have made their concerns known through their union.

Unions representing healthcare staff at the hospital say they haven’t been consulted over the proposal

In the letter the Chair of the Staff Panel of trade unions in the health sector, Tony Fitzpatrick, has written to the HSE to request an urgent meeting to discuss the plans, which were announced earlier this week.

Mr. Fitzpatrick has also called for the talks to ensure current services provided in Navan remain in place until there is agreement on the decision.

However, he says there won’t be an agreement unless they’re confident it won’t lead to chronic overcrowding in hospitals in the North East, including Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

He also claims the contradictory statements from the HSE and Government on the proposed downgrade has caused further anxiety for patients, service users and staff.

The Save Navan Hospital Campaign has welcomed Mr. Fitzpatrick’s call for a meeting between the HSE and the unions.