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Thursday 27 July 2017

6,000 march to halt hospital cuts

Richard McCullen

ALMOST 6,000 protesters have staged a march and rally demanding no cuts to services at their local hospital.

The organisers of 'Save Navan Hospital' insist there should be no more cuts at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan until the proposed new regional hospital is operational.

Dr Ruairi Hanley, a GP and spokesman for the campaign group, claimed the threat to the Co Meath hospital had never been greater from "morons within the HSE" who were "plotting every day how to nail Navan hospital", having already "nailed Roscommon, Monaghan and Dundalk hospitals".

The campaign group's chairman, local Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin, told the rally that services had been affected by bans on the use of agency staff and overtime, with emergency staff and cardiac technicians not being replaced.

Health Minister James Reilly, who had given commitments on the hospital's future two years ago while in opposition, remained committed to Our Lady's, according to local Fine Gael TD Damien English.

Irish Independent

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