Fianna Fáil councillor Damien O’Reilly is advising anyone who needs to attend the A&E units in either the Lourdes hospital in Drogheda or Connolly hospital in Blanchardstown to take a sleeping bag with them such is the long wait ahead of them.

Speaking in the wake of last Saturday’s massively attended protest against HSE proposals to close the A&E unit in Navan, he told Meath Live,

“At the moment, these are the distressing options for patients in Meath.


Fianna Fáil councillors at the Save Navan Hospital rally

” You can roll the clinical risk dice in Our Lady’s Hospital Navan, based on Dr Gerry McEntee or alternatively bring the sleeping bag to Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown or Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and wait up to 24 hours to be seen.“Those two hospitals are at breaking point and cannot take the additional capacity from Navan based on the Small Hospitals Report of 2013  closing Navan A&E will just shift the problem elsewhere.“Basically this is yet another example of the 221,000 people living in Meath being failed by the HSE management.