Fitzpatrick seeks update on MIU age with Harris and HSE
Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick has once more raised the issue of lowering age limit at the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the Louth County Hospital, with both health minister Simon Harris and the HSE.
Last summer, in an interview with the local media, Minister Harris said he believed the MIU in Dundalk could be extended to treat minor injuries of children aged between five and 14 as soon as 2017. Currently, the MIU only treats young people aged 14 and up.
The Fine Gael minister said:'I think the MIU can be extended. I think that would be very important.
'There is a review going on into the MIU services here and I expect that to be completed shortly and I expect that children from the age of five could be treated here from next year. There is a huge body of work to get done before that'.
Mr Fitzpatrick spent Dail speaking time last week raising the issue with the minister, who promised him an update following the St Patrick's Day events. The Louth TD has also been communicating with the HSE about the same issue. He said: 'Both the minister and the HSE made the commitment for this to happen and I expect it to happen.
'I have asked for an update on this proposal which I know will make a huge difference to the people of Dundalk and North Louth'.