Sinn Fein TD for Meath West Johnny Guirke has called on the Minister for health Stephen Donnelly to meet with Meath TD’s in Navan this week over
He told Meath Live, ‘ My Sinn Fein colleague Imelda Munster reported the total chaos that occurred at Our Lady’s hospital in Drogheda on Saturday, where 11 ambulances were stuck outside the hospital because no beds or trolleys were available.
‘This is unforgivable that this can happen in 2022, we should not be taking chances on people’s lives when structures are not in place yet.
‘I am urging the Minister to come to Navan and meet the elected representatives of County Meath, and address the serious issues like last Saturday’s chaos.
‘It proves that it is not safe to send patients from one County to another unless they have the ability to cope with the pressure, and that beds are readily available.
‘It is clear now that Navan A&E closing will only create another Limerick hospital in Drogheda, and this will put patient safety at risk.
‘A report from HIQA, stated Limerick is overcrowded, short staffed and has a shortage of beds, we cannot see Drogheda hospital going down the same route.
‘We need to see investment in Navan A&E, enhancement of Emergency services and block any downgrading of our Hospital.
‘We as elected representatives have been fobbed off for far too long now by the Minister, his Department of Health and the HSE. ‘