The Save Navan Hospital campaign is set to hold a second public meeting this summer following the massive turnout in early July’22

It follows yesterday’s release of the terms of reference the HSE are using for their review into the reconfiguration of the hospital and its A&E services.

Chairperson and local Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín says they’re “flawed”, and they will not accept that the closure of the A&E is built in before the investigation takes place.

The meeting is to take place at the Newgrange Hotel in Navan on Tuesday the 30th of August at 8 pm.

It’s the second such meeting since June over the proposed downgrading of the hospital, while last month saw a mass public rally held in the town to protest the decision.

On a local level, people are in disbelief that there appears to be no genuine will by the government of the day or the hierarchy of the HSE to deal with the options that are being put forward by opposition parties and local people. There seems an arrangement is already in place to downgrade services at Navan Hospital and that the evaluation being proposed is a talking shop to say they have done their best pointed out a number of people whom we spoke to in town this week as the news broke.

As one person put it ‘Do they think we are eejits and are going to accept it, they’d want to wake up and realise we ain’t taking this lying down’

Other remarks being aired are the way our government has made great efforts to support the conflict in Ukraine and help families that have come to the country. If we can help these people surely we can help ourselves and do what is right for the town.

We will wait and see!