HSE top man, Dr Colm Henry, has given the strongest indication yet that the health service authority is not for turning on their decision to replace A&E services in Our Lady’s hospital in Navan with a Medical Assessment Unit, (MAU), and has claimed that the reality is in some extreme cases patients could die due to the current state of the Navan facility.

Dr Henry is the chief clinical officer of the HSE and speaking on the Michael Reade show on LMFM earlier today he claimed there are serious concerns regarding patient safety at the emergency department at Our Lady’s Hospital.

His comments come after the HSE previously announced it was downgrading the A&E to an acute medical assessment centre before the Health Minister stepped in and ordered the plans be paused.

Dr Henry said, ‘The outcomes are not good if someone presents with a serious medical condition or if somebody needs a transfer to a specialist service unit and that transfer is delayed and of course, that goes right up to and including somebody at risk of dying.’