Saturday 7 December 2019

Hospital protester injured in tree fall

Joan Duignan

A MAN who is campaigning for services to be retained at Navan Hospital fell out of a tree when erecting protest posters -- and had to be transferred to Drogheda Hospital for treatment.

Jim Holloway, a Fine Gael member of Meath County Council, was putting up a poster to summon support for the Save Our Lady's Hospital rally in the town next Saturday when he fell.

He had to be taken 18 miles by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, and was placed on a trolley as no beds were available. He was detained overnight for observation.

Organiser of the protest march Paddy Pryle said that prior to the removal of trauma services from the local hospital and the closure of 28 beds, Mr Holloway would have received much quicker treatment.

Campaigners against the removal of services from Navan Hospital argue that Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, one of the options for trauma patients now, is already overcrowded and the staff overworked.

Some patients have had to be brought to Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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